This recently described species is endemic to the seasonal evergreen forests of western Ecuador (Heyer 2005; Cisneros-Heredia 2006).
Habitat and Ecology
This species is generally limited to the tropical seasonally evergreen forests found in the contact zone between the Chocoan and Tumbesian regions of Ecuador (Cisneros-Heredia 2006). Heyer (2005) reports that it hads been encountered in previously forested areas, although its persistence in these areas needs further investigation.
There is little information available on the abundance of this species.
Much of the forest (~70% - Diego Cisneros-Heredia pers. comm. 2007) within the known range of this species has been cleared for timber, or through conversion of land to agricultural use, with remaining forest remnants being greatly threatened by ongoing deforestation (Cisneros-Heredia 2006).
It is unclear if the species is present within any protected areas. There is an urgent need to conserve remaining areas of suitable forest for this species in western Ecuador. Additional studies are needed into the natural history of this recently described species.
Formerly included within Leptodactylus pentadactylus; recently separated by Heyer (2005).
Ronald Heyer and Diego Cisneros-Heredia 2008. Leptodactylus peritoaktites. In: IUCN 2014