This species is only known from lowland and intermediate elevations between 200 and 450m asl, of the Río Napo drainage in the provinces of Napo, Francisco de Orellana and Sucumbíos, in Ecuador. It is also known from the Iquitos area in the Loreto department in Peru. Further work is likely to show that this species occurs much more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
In Ecuador it occurs in the Napo moist forest in the Eastern tropical Altitudinal Zone. It is an inhabitant of primary forest. A canopy dweller, it breeds by larval development in bromeliads, usually very high up in trees (up to 15m above the ground). It does not adapt well to anthropogenic disturbance.
The population status of this species is not known. This is primarily due to the species occurring in the high forest canopy, so it is very difficult to determine its population status.
Agriculture, both crops and livestock, as well as logging are major threats to the species’ habitat.
Its distribution range includes Parque Nacional Yasuni in Ecuador, and it might also occur in protected areas in Peru.
Ana Almendáriz, Diego Cisneros-Heredia, Karl-Heinz Jungfer, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron 2004. Osteocephalus deridens. In: IUCN 2014