This species is found at 1,850-2,800 m altitude along the eastern Andean slopes of Cochabamba and Santa Cruz Departments, Bolivia.
Habitat and Ecology
This species is found in perhumid upper montane forests and cloud forests. It appears to tolerate significant habitat degradation, occurring even in cattle ranching areas where a few trees still stand. Individuals are usually found at night perched on vegetation up to 1.5 m above the ground, but calling males have been heard calling from the canopy of small trees. Females brood tadpoles from eggs and, in the rainy season, release tadpoles into small puddles and roadside ditches.
There is no information available on the abundance of this species.
There are not believed to be any significant current threats to this species, other than complete habitat destruction for cattle pasture. However, it should be noted that the closely related G. marsupiata seems to be declining. Chytrid fungus is potentially a threat.
This species is found in Carrasco and Amboró National Parks.
Steffen Reichle, Ignacio De La Riva 2006. Gastrotheca piperata. In: IUCN 2014