This species occurs only on the Pacific slopes of Andes in Ecuador from Carchi Province to Cotopaxi Province. It probably occurs a little more widely, including in extreme southern Colombia (J. Lynch pers. comm.). Its altitudinal range is 1,000-2,000m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in submontane and montane cloud forests, but also in disturbed areas such as tree plantations, marshy clearings, artificial pools and water-filled roadside ditches. Individuals are sometimes founds in bromeliads and heliconias. It breeds in temporary and permanent still water.
It is a very common species.
It is an adaptable species, probably not facing any significant threats.
Its geographic range overlaps with the Reserva Ecológica Los Illinizas.
This species was previously within the genus Hyla but has recently been moved to the resurrected genus Dendropsophus (Faivovich, et al., 2005).
Diego Cisneros-Heredia, Karl-Heinz Jungfer 2004. Dendropsophus carnifex. In: IUCN 2014