This species is known from the northern and western slopes of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia, from 1,530-2,600m asl. It is expected to occur more widely on the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, but this has not yet been confirmed.
Habitat and Ecology
During the day it can be found under rocks or on the upper surface of small leaves along rivers in very humid areas. At night, it is found on the upper surface of leaves or on branches or bushes 20cm above the ground. It breeds by direct development.
It is a rare species.
Habitat destruction and degradation caused primarily by agricultural development is a major threat to it.
Its range includes Parque Nacional Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a natural reserve area.
Martha Patricia Ramírez Pinilla, Mariela Osorno-Muñoz, Jose Vicente Rueda, Adolfo Amézquita, María Cristina Ardila-Robayo 2004. Pristimantis cristinae. In: IUCN 2014