This genus has been restricted to include far fewer species than previous arrangements. Characteristics include an expanded disc on the second toe and a pale ventral coloration in males. These frogs are primarily found in cloud forests in the western Andes of northwestern Ecuador and Colombia.

Species contained:

  • Colostethus agilisLynch and Ruiz-Carranza 1985
  • Colostethus alacrisRivero and Granados-Díaz 1990
  • Colostethus argyrogaster Morales & Schulte 1993
  • Colostethus brachistriatusRivero and Serna 1986
  • Colostethus dysprosiumRivero and Serna 2000
  • Colostethus fraterdanieliSilverstone 1971
  • Colostethus fugaxMorales and Schulte 1993
  • Colostethus furviventrisRivero and Serna 1991
  • Colostethus imbricolusSilverstone 1975
  • Colostethus inguinalisCope 1868
  • Colostethus jacobuspetersiRivero 1991
  • Colostethus latinasusCope 1863
  • Colostethus lynchiGrant 1998
  • Colostethus mertensiCochran and Goin 1964
  • Colostethus panamansisDunn 1933
  • Colostethus prattiBoulenger 1899
  • Colostethus ruthveniKaplan 1997
  • Colostethus thorntoniCochran and Goin 1970
  • Colostethus ucumari Grant 2007
  • Colostethus yaguaraRivero and Serna 1991