This species is only known to occur in the Laguna de Guitara, Sumapaz National Park, Meta Department, Colombia, at 3,400 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species lives and reproduces in streams in páramo habitats. The type series was collected from the moss layer on the ground. There is no information on habitat disturbance effects on the population.
It is a rare species. It has only been recorded only from two expeditions conducted in 1975 and 1990, but there has been no subsequent survey work for this species (Colombia Red List Assessment Workshop August 2016).
Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) is reported from Chingaza National Natural Park, from the municipality of Supatá, and from the Cerros Orientales National Park. As Sumpaz National Natural Park exhibits the same páramo ecosystem, at the same altitude along the southern páramo complex of the Cordillera Oriental, we assume that the most serious risk to this species is chytridiomycosis. While there is currently no direct information confirming that chytrid has caused declines in this species, this would be consistent with the pattern of decline in many other montane Atelopus species, and it is therefore reasonable to infer that the disease might be the cause of any declines in this species (Colombia Red List Assessment Workshop August 2016).
Conservation ActionsThis species occurs in Sumapaz National Park. As this National Park contains anti-personal mines there is no human presence on the region, and the type locality is well protected.
Given the threat of chytridiomycosis, a captive-breeding programme might need to be established for this species.
Further work is required to determine the population status of this species.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient because there is insufficient information about this species' distribution, population size and trends, and threats.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Atelopus guitarraensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T54516A49536067. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T54516A49536067.en .Downloaded on 21 January 2019