This species occurs on the Atlantic slope of northern and central Costa Rica, south to extreme north-western Panama. Its altitudinal range is 60-1,245m asl (Savage 2002).
Habitat and Ecology
This species is found in lowland and premontane wet forest and rainforest areas. It has been found active on low vegetation at night, and in bromeliads and leaf-litter during the day (Savage 2002). Breeding takes place by direct development, with the eggs possibly deposited on vegetation. It does not adapt well to modified habitats.
This species is rarely seen and continues to appear occasionally on censuses at the San Ramon Reserve and at Monteverde, Costa Rica. It has always been a rare species for which there is little information on population trends.
There appear to be no major threats to this species at present, as the whole of its naturally small historic range is within well-managed protected areas.
The species has been recorded from many protected areas including the San Ramon, Monteverde, and Braulio Carrillo protected areas of Costa Rica, and Parque Internacional La Amistad (Costa Rica and Panama).
Pounds, J., Bolaños, F., Solís, F., Ibáñez, R., Chaves, G., Savage, J., Jaramillo, C. & Fuenmayor, Q. 2008. Pristimantis altae. In: IUCN 2014