This species occurs on the Pacific slopes of the Andes in southern Ecuador and northern Peru. It is reported from below 1,600m asl in Santa Cruz, Cajamarca region, Canchaque, Palambra in Piura region, and in Lambayeque region it can be found as low as 450 m asl (all in northwestern Peru), but also as high as 3,200m asl in the sub-páramo in Province Loja of southern Ecuador. It also occurs in Azuay, Zamora Chinchipe Provinces in Ecuador.
It can be found between 450-3,200m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in montane forest, sub-páramo, and páramo. One specimen has been found in sub-páramo in Provincia Loja, Ecuador (Duellman and Pramuk, 1999). A number of specimens have been found under rocks at the edge of a stream in thorn forest with trees 12-18m high. Individuals have also been found in large bromeliads on rocky slopes and cliffs (Venegas, 2005). This species breeds by direct development; the egg deposition site is not known. It occurs in secondary and old growth forest.
Both in Peru and Ecuador, it is a common species. It was last seen in 2003 in Ecuador.
Destruction and loss of habitats for livestock and selective logging is taking place, even within protected areas. It should be noted that some other species of Eleutherodactylus sensu lato that are associated with streams have undergone dramatic declines and disappearances, possibly due to chytridiomycosis, so the status of this species should be monitored carefully.
In Peru, this species occurs in the Zona Reservada de Tumbes and might occur in the Tabaconas Namballe National Sanctuary. In Ecuador, it occurs in Parque Nacional Podocarpus.
Lily Rodríguez, Jorge Luis Martinez, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Fernando Nogales, Pablo Venegas 2010. Pristimantis lymani. In: IUCN 2014