This species is known only from the type locality in the Páramo del Duende, Cerro Calina, municipality of Río Frio, in the department of Valle del Cauca, in Colombia, from 3,000-3,600 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in páramo areas, on low vegetation and in bryophytes. It has not been recorded from other habitats. There is no information on its breeding biology, but it presumably takes place by direct development like other species of the genus.
There is no information on its current population status; it is only known from five specimens.
The type locality is pristine páramo, and is relatively inaccessible at present which affords it some protection. Climate change poses a potential future threat.
The type locality is not within a protected area. There is a need for close monitoring to determine if climate change is having any effect on the population, particularly given its confined range.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient as it is still known only from five specimens collected at one locality. More information on population, range, ecology and threats to this species are needed.
Castro, F., Isabel Herrera, M. & Lynch, J. 2009. Bolitoglossa hiemalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T59169A11892790. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2009-2.RLTS.T59169A11892790.en .Downloaded on 19 January 2019