This species is known only from the type locality: "north slope of Abra Tapuna, 7km N Mahuayura", Cordillera Oriental west of the Río Apurimac (Departamento: Ayacucho). It was collected at an elevation of 3,710m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It can be found in montane shrubland and cloud forest, but it is not known whether or not it could occur in degraded areas. It is a terrestrial species that breeds by direct development.
The current population status is unknown.
The main threat to the species is habitat loss, primarily from the clearance of land (mainly through the use of fire) for agriculture.
It does not occur in any protected areas, and immediate protection and maintenance of the remaining habitat is necessary. Attempts to breed this species in captivity have proved unsuccessful.
Javier Icochea, Edgar Lehr, César Aguilar Puntriano, Wilfredo Arizabal 2004. Hypodactylus lucida. In: IUCN 2014