This species is known from the premontane zone of the Atlantic slope from central Costa Rica (1,245m asl) and Pacific versant central Panama (550-975m asl), and is also known from localities near La Hondura, San José Province, in Costa Rica. In Colombia it is still known only from the type locality in Río Raposa, Valle del Cauca department, but it most likely occurs up to the Panama border along the Pacific coast. This is a very small frog found in the canopy, and so it is probably significantly under-recorded, and the apparently patchy distribution is probably not an accurate representation of its status.
Habitat and Ecology
This is a nocturnal species of humid montane forest. It is principally a canopy species with few known specimens. It is presumed to breed by direct development, like other species of the genus.
There is very little information, since it is so hard to collect.
The major threats are unknown at present, but its known range in Colombia is currently not threatened and is remote from human influence.
The species has been recorded from two protected areas in Panama and the Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo in Costa Rica. The known location is not within a protected area in Colombia but the area in between the known localities includes several protected areas that it is likely to be recorded from. An ex-situ population of this species is breeding at the El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center in Panama (Edgardo Griffith pers. comm. September, 2007).
Solís, F., Ibáñez, R., Chaves, G., Savage, J., Jaramillo, C., Fuenmayor, Q. & Lynch, J. 2008. Pristimantis moro. In: IUCN 2014