This species is only known from La Playa and Carpanta streams in Reserva Biológica Carpanta in Cundinamarca Department, Colombia, between 2,580–3,240 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species lives in páramo and cloud forest on the ground near streams with Chusque chusquea (Osorno-Muñoz et al. 2001), and does not tolerate habitat destruction. It reproduces in fast-flowing streams.
This species was uncommon until 1989. A single pair was recorded in 1994; however, due to guerrilla activity (including the presence of anti-personnel mines), no one has subsequently returned to the original locality to look for it. During post conflict in the region, Autonomous Environmental Corporation team are returning to those sites (Colombia Red List Assessment Workshop July 2016).
Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis is confirmed in Chingaza Natural Park (Flechas et al. in press), and the type locality limits for this species is to the north of Chingaza. The 2004 assessment reported that chytridiomycosis was the major threat, projected to lead to a catastrophic population decline. 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 severe declines in this species (Colombia Red List Assessment Workshop August 2016).
Conservation ActionsThis species occurs in the Reserva Biológica Carpanta, which borders Chingaza National Park. As this Natural Park has anti-personal mines, anthropogenic activites are uncommon.
In view of the severe risk of chytridiomycosis, ex-situ populations might need to be established.
Survey work is urgently needed to determine the population status of this species.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Previously listed as Critically Endangered because of a projected population decline, estimated to be more than 80% over the last ten years, inferred from declines in other high altitude Atelopus species in the same region, probably due to chytridiomycosis. In this new assessment we conclude that there is not enough information to document past declines, or infer or project a future population decline (the species was reported as rare in the last assessment, but has not bee searched for since 1992). The species is therefore listed as Data Deficient until further information becomes available.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Atelopus mandingues. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T54525A49536473. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T54525A49536473.en