This species is known from the slopes of the Oriental and Occidental Cordilleras in the departments of Santander and Boyacá, Colombia. It has been recorded from 2,460-3,340m asl. It probably occurs more widely, but this requires confirmation.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits typical vegetation of high Andean forest: gramineous, herbaceous and small bushes, lichens and moss, and natural pastures. Individuals are active in leaf-litter, and during the day they can be found under rocks. This is a species that breeds by direct development.
It is an uncommon species.
Habitat loss caused by deforestation due to agricultural development, creation of pine plantations, and overgrazing by goats, is a major threat.
Its range includes the Santuario de Fauna y Flora Guanentá Alto Río Fonce.
Martha Patricia Ramírez Pinilla, Mariela Osorno-Muñoz, Jose Vicente Rueda, Adolfo Amézquita, María Cristina Ardila-Robayo 2004. Pristimantis lynchi. In: IUCN 2014