This species occurs in the lowlands of southwestern Colombia (in Cauca and Nariño Departments) and western Ecuador (south to Manta Real), at 100-670m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in primary or slightly disturbed forest. It is a canopy-dweller, and is usually encountered at night on medium to high bushes, and in arboreal bromeliads, often near streams and rivers. During the day, it shelters in bromeliad axils. It is presumed to breed by direct development, but the egg deposition site is not known.
It can be locally common, but it is hard to detect since it is a canopy-dweller.
The major threats are likely to be deforestation for agricultural development, plantations, illegal crops, logging, and human settlement, and pollution resulting from the spraying of illegal crops.
In Colombia it occurs in the Parque Nacional Natural Munchique and La Planada private nature reserve. In Ecuador its geographic range overlaps with the Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi-Cayapas, Parque Nacional Mache-Chindul, Parque Nacional Machalilla, and Reserva Ecológica Manglares-Churute.
Fernando Castro, Santiago Ron, Luis A. Coloma, Diego Cisneros-Heredia, Manuel Morales 2004. Pristimantis subsigillatus. In: IUCN 2014