This species occurs only at the type locality (Laguna Verde on Cerro Challhuanco) and in neighbouring areas in Argentina. Its altitudinal range is between 1,300 and 1,550m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species can be found in permanent and temporary ponds and humid areas of caducifolius forest (Nothofagus pumilio); breeding takes place in permanent ponds. It is not known from modified habitats.
It is common within its restricted range. The minimum population size is estimated at around 1,000 individuals (Ubeda et al. 1999).
Potential major threats include fires (both natural and human initiated) and increasing touristic activities.
The entire known population is in the reserve area of the Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. There is a need for close population monitoring of this species given that it is known from only a single location.
Carmen Úbeda, Esteban Lavilla 2004. Atelognathus nitoi. In: IUCN 2014