This species is known only from its type locality pond, Laguna de los Gendarmes (46° 6'S; 71° 41'W; ca 1,050m asl), and other nearby ponds in south-western Argentinean Patagonia (north-west of Santa Cruz Province). It is known only from a single plateau.
Habitat and Ecology
Its habitat comprises permanent and endorreic lagoons at approximately 1,000m asl in the hilly landscape of the Patagonian steppe, and the temperate deciduous austral beech forest (Nothofagus pumilio). Breeding takes place in permanent ponds. It is not known if the species can occur in modified habitats.
It is a common species.
The region where this species occurs is relatively remote, and is not currently experiencing any threats.
It is not known from any protected areas. Further surveys are necessary to determine the limits of the range of this species in this unexplored and remote area.
Carmen Úbeda, Esteban Lavilla, Néstor Basso 2004. Atelognathus salai. In: IUCN 2014