This species is known only from Agua Rica, south-west of Limón, on the Amazonian slopes of the Andes in Morona-Santiago Province, Ecuador, at around 1,890m asl. It is likely to occur more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
It is apparently a species of montane cloud forest, presumably breeding in slow-flowing streams, or perhaps occasionally in still water.
There is no information on the population status of this species.
The habitat around the type locality is apparently not very threatened at the moment, although there is some agricultural encroachment of the forest. However, the species lives in montane habitats where catastrophic declines have affected other frogs with stream-dwelling larvae, probably as a result of chytridiomycosis, and so this is a potential threat.
It is not known from any protected areas, and its habitat may be in need of formal protection to guard against encroachment. Further research is needed to determine the current population status of this species, and whether chytrid poses a genuine threat.
Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron 2004. Phyllomedusa ecuatoriana. In: IUCN 2014