This species is known from the type locality near Puyo, in the province of Pastaza, in Ecuador, and also from the upper watershed of Curintza in Parque Nacional Podocarpus at 2,700m asl. It is likely to occur more widely, at least in the area between the two currently known sites.
Habitat and Ecology
This species is an inhabitant of montane cloud forest, occurring in the understorey herbaceous layer. The type locality consists of a mixture of heavily disturbed forest, a cutover and cultivated hillside, and less-disturbed, secondary growth forest. It breeds by direct development.
It is a very rare species. In two years of study in Parque Nacional Podocarpus, only two individuals were collected.
The major threat is habitat loss due to agriculture (involving both crops and livestock), as well as logging and infrastructure development for human settlement.
It is known to occur in the 145,000-ha Parque Nacional Podocarpus, although the population at the type locality remains unprotected. Further survey work is necessary to better determine the current population status of this species, and to determine whether it might occur more widely than currently known.
Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Diego Almeida, Fernando Nogales 2004. Pristimantis katoptroides. In: IUCN 2014