This species is known from the departments of Huanaco (Huancapallac), Junin (type locality: Cascas, near Huasahuasi) and Pasco. It has been collected at elevations between 2,600 and 2,750m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This is a terrestrial species that can be found in cloud mountain forest, and dry Andean valleys with scrub vegetation; it is not known from degraded habitats. Breeding is by direct development.
It is uncommon.
The major threat is general habitat loss as a result of agricultural activities (cultivation of potatoes, and livestock farming), and deforestation for firewood.
It is not known from any protected areas, and there is an urgent need to protect the cloud forest habitat of this species.
Javier Icochea, Edgar Lehr, César Aguilar Puntriano 2004. Phrynopus montium. In: IUCN 2014