This species occurs widely in northern Colombia (including in the Magdalena River basin) and in northern and western Venezuela (including around Lake Maracaibo). In both countries it is also found in the Llanos ecosystem east of the Andes, in Barinas and Apure states in Venezuela, and in Arauca and Casanare states in Colombia. It occurs below 500m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a nocturnal species of low altitude open environments of lowlands, including flooded grasslands, degraded areas with low vegetation, and shallow standing water. It breeds in standing water and swamps.
It is a very common species.
It is a very adaptable species, which is not facing any known threats.
It occurs in some protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Enrique La Marca, Jose Vicente Rueda, Fernando Castro 2004. Scarthyla vigilans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55688A11340990. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T55688A11340990.en .Downloaded on 19 January 2019