This species is known from the vicinity of the type locality in Gámbita, Santander Department on the western slope of the Cordillera Oriental from 1,600–2,400 m asl (Acosta 2016). The species is also found in the parts of Boyacá department bordering Santander department (Acosta 2016).
Habitat and Ecology
This species occurs and reproduces in shrubs in flooded pastures, marshes, temporary pools. Adults have been observed calling at night on emergent vegetation (mainly Junco) and grass in shallow puddles and a marsh at the periphery of primary forest and near small creeks (Kaplan and Ruiz-Carranza 1997). Egg masses are laid on vegetation and submerged a few centimetres below the surface of the water (Kaplan and Ruiz-Carranza 1997). Tadpoles have been found in grassy puddles and in deep pools (0.5–1 m) of clear water having dense algal mats (Kaplan and Ruiz-Carranza 1997).
It is abundant, and the population is believed to be stable.
The threats to this species are unknown, however it is tolerant to a degree of habitat modification.
This species occurs in Santuario de Flora y Fauna Guanentá Alto Río Fonce and Distritos Regionales De Manejo Integrado de los Paramos de Guantiva y la Rusia Bosques de Roble y sus Zonas Aledañas.
More information is needed on this species' distribution, population status and trends.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern, despite having a relatively restricted extent of occurrence (EOO = 3,626 km2), because it is tolerant of a degree of habitat modification and has a presumed large, stable population.
This species was previously within the genus Hyla but has recently been moved to the resurrected genus Dendropsophus (Faivovich et al. 2005).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2018. Dendropsophus virolinensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T55689A85903520. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T55689A85903520.en .Downloaded on 19 January 2019