This species is known from the Sierra de las Minas, the Montañas del Mico, and the Sierra Xucaneb in eastern and central Guatemala, from 100-895m asl. It probably occurs more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
This is a stream-breeding species that lives in moist tropical forest, often along streams, and is not found in degraded habitats.
It is an uncommon species.
Habitat loss, due to expanding agriculture, wood extraction, and human settlement, as well as water pollution, are the major threats to the species. Chytridiomycosis is also a major threat, and declines due to the disease have already been detected amongst species of this genus in Guatemala (Mendelson et al. 2004).
It occurs in the Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra de las Minas and Montanos del Mico Catchment Reserve. Given the risk of chytridiomycosis, there may be a need to establish a captive-breeding programme for this species.
Manuel Acevedo, Eric Smith 2004. Ptychohyla panchoi. In: IUCN 2014