This species is known only from the type locality in the Cordillera Yanachaga, at 2,300-2,700m asl (in Pasco Department) in Peru. Although its range is not well known, it is presumed to be confined to the Cordillera Yanachaga.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a terrestrial species inhabiting montane cloud forest and elfin forest; it is not known if it occurs in degraded habitats. Breeding is by direct development.
Its current population status is unknown, but it may be uncommon.
The Yanachaga Mountain is the last large forested area in this region of Peru, and there is increasing human pressure to convert the land for agricultural activities (for example, "Rocoto" [chilli pepper] plantations).
The major part of its range is protected in Parque Nacional Yanachaga Chemillen, and given the pressures facing this area the continued maintenance and management of this area will be essential to ensure the long-term survival of this species.
Javier Icochea, Edgar Lehr, Wilfredo Arizabal, César Aguilar Puntriano 2004. Phrynopus bracki. In: IUCN 2014