This species can be found at elevations of 2,750-4,400m asl on the Nudo de Pasto of southern Colombia and in the western and eastern Andes of Ecuador south to the Desierto de Palmira.
Habitat and Ecology
This species can be found in montane forests and páramo habitats. In Ecuador, this species has been found on the crests of the eastern and western cordilleras and on the connecting ridges (Lynch, 1981). This species inhabits extensive gramineous areas and on typical vegetation (Puya) from the páramo; in the lowest area of its altitudinal distribution, this species is found in areas of eucalyptus, and on vegetation associated to the ground. When inactive, they shelter under rocks on very humid grounds. This species breeds by direct development and egg deposition occurs under rocks.
This species is widely distributed, and presumably relatively common. There were many records in 2000. In Papallacta, Ecuador, this species is more rare in the 2000s than it was previously. Recent surveys elsewhere in Ecuador indicate its normal presence at some localities (Bustamante, unpubl.).
General habitat loss caused by deforestation, agricultural development, and illegal crop cultivation are all threats. However, this is an adaptable species that is unlikely to be significantly threatened.
In Ecuador, its geographic range overlaps with Reserva Ecológica El Angel, Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi-Cayapas, Reserva Ecológica Cayambe-Coca, Reserva Ecológica Antisana, Parque Nacional Llanganates, Reserva Ecológica Los Illinizas, Reserva de Producción Faunística Chimborazo, and Parque Nacional Cotopaxi. In Colombia, this species does not occur in any natural reserve area.
Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, John Lynch, Diego Almeida, Fernando Nogales, Ana Almendáriz, Mario Yánez-Muñoz 2004. Pristimantis curtipes. In: IUCN 2014