This species is known from two localities at the heads of the Pastaza River on the eastern slopes of the Andes in Ecuador, between 900 and 1,000m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits tropical rainforest, but it is not known whether or not it can tolerate habitat disturbance. There is no information about its breeding habits, although the larvae are likely to develop in streams, as with other species of the genus.
The population status of this species is not known.
Major threats to this species’ habitat include agricultural activities (both cultivation of crops and rearing of livestock), as well as logging.
It is not known to occur in any protected areas.
Assessors at the Andes GAA workshop in Ecuador raised questions as to the taxonomic validity of this species, but Morales (pers. comm.) is convinced that it is a valid species.
Ana Almendáriz, Diego Cisneros-Heredia, Karl-Heinz Jungfer, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron 2004. Allobates fratisenescus. In: IUCN 2014