This species occurs on the eastern slopes of the Andes in Ecuador (two localities: La Barquilla and El Reventador in Sucumbios Province and Napo Province) and Colombia (eastern slopes of the Cordillera Oriental in the departments of Caqueta and Putumayo). It might be more widespread than records suggest. Its altitudinal range is 740-1,700m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits cloud forests, as well as secondary forest. It is a stream-breeding species, particularly associated with creeks, streams and swampy areas in forest, especially with vegetation overhanging streams.
It is a moderately common species.
The major threats are habitat loss from agricultural development, planting of illegal crops, logging, and human settlement, and pollution resulting from the spraying of illegal crops. The species lives in habitats where catastrophic extinctions have affected other frogs with stream-dwelling tadpoles, probably due to chytridiomycosis.
It might be found in the Reserva Ecológica Cayambe-Coca in Ecuador, and might also occur on Parque Nacional Natural Alto Fragua-Indi Wasi in Colombia. There is a need for close population monitoring of this species, given the potential threat of chytridiomycosis.
This species was previously included in the genus Hyla but has recently been moved to the resurrected genus Hyloscirtus (Faivovich et al. 2005).
Mario Yánez-Muñoz, Wilmar Bolívar, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Juan Manuel Renjifo 2004. Hyloscirtus torrenticola. In: IUCN 2014