This recently described species is known only from the type locality of a small stream on the road between Yangana and Valladolid, in the Reserva Tapichalaca in Zamora-Chinchipe Province, Ecuador, where specimens were collected at around 2,667m asl. It probably occurs at least a little more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
It was collected close to a stream in montane cloud forest, where a male specimen was recorded calling on a branch approximately 2.5m from the ground. It is presumed that the larvae develop in streams.
This species is known only from the recently collected type series.
The threats to this species are not known. The only known population is in a protected area, but it is likely to occur in areas where its habitat is being degraded.
The only protected area from which it has been recorded so far is the Reserva Tapichalaca.
This species was previously within the genus Hyla but has recently been moved to the resurrected genus Hyloscirtus (Faivovich et al. 2005).
Luis A. Coloma 2004. Hyloscirtus tapichalaca. In: IUCN 2014