This species is known from the east slope of the Ecuadorian Andes, from near the border with Colombia, in the province of Sucumbios, south to the Llanganatis Mountains (Napo and Tunguragua Provinces) at altitudes between 2,360 and 3,700m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
it inhabits páramo, sub-páramo, and montane forest habitats. Individuals have been taken by day beneath rocks or logs in pastures or páramos. It also occurs in secondary and old growth forest, but not in heavily degraded areas. Reproduction occurs by direct development.
It is common in Sucumbios and Napo (in 2000-2003). However, recent exploration of the Llanganatis Mountains has not revealed any individuals.
The major threat is habitat loss and degradation due to agricultural activities (crops and livestock ranching), plantations and logging.
The range of this species overlaps Parque Nacional Llanganatis, the Reserva Ecológica Cayambe-Coca, the Reserva Ecológica Antisana, and Parque Nacional Sumaco Napo-Galeras.
Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Diego Almeida, Mario Yánez-Muñoz 2004. Pristimantis festae. In: IUCN 2014