This species is known from the type locality "approximately 2km W [west] of Huambos (06° 27´S; 76° 57´W, elevation 2500m [asl]), Provincia de Chota (Duellman 1991), and from Río Zaña, ca. 06 51’ S, 79 06’ W, 1800 masl (Duellman and Lehr, 2007), both in the Department of Cajamarca, Peru.
Habitat and Ecology
The type locality supports low, scrubby forest vegetation with scattered terrestrial bromeliads. Individuals of this species were observed in terrestrial bromeliads or calling from rock ledges at night. Presumably this species breeds by direct development.
There is no information on the population status of this species.
The threats to this species at the only recorded site are not known, although in general there is regional loss of habitat due to increased agricultural activity and selective wood extraction.
It is not known from any protected areas.
Pristimantis vermiculatus is considered to be a junior synonym of Pristimantis petrobardus (W.E. Duellman, pers. comm.).
Rodriguez, L., Martinez, J.L. & Arizabal, W. 2008. Pristimantis petrobardus. In: IUCN 2014