This species is so far known from only two sites, both within 4 km of Tarapoto, San Martin Department, Peru (Duellman 2004). It has been recorded between 350 and 680 m asl. The locality and elevation information given in Morales (2000) is incorrect (Duellman 2004).
Habitat and Ecology
This species has been reported from disturbed lowland rainforest and from humid montane forest at low elevations. It has been found by day in leaf litter, but nothing else is known about its ecology (Duellman 2004). Based on the discovery of six large eggs in one female specimen, Duellman (2004) suggests that this frog may exhibit terrestrial direct development, with no free-living tadpole stage.
There is nothing known about its population status.
Threats to this species are unknown, although it could be threatened by habitat degradation through conversion to coffee plantations and general agricultural development.
There are no conservation measures in place for this species, which is not known from any protected areas. More research is needed into its distribution, population status, ecological requirements and any threats. Further work may be required to confirm the validity of this species.
Assessors of the Amazon Global Amphibian Assessment workshop in Brazil raised questions as to the taxonomic validity of this species, but Morales (pers. comm.) is convinced that it is a valid species.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, 2012. Allobates ornatus. In: IUCN 2014