This species is known only from the type locality of Bellavista, at an elevation of 3,600 m asl, Pasco Region, Peru (Lehr et al. 2005).
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits high-altitude puna grassland, where it is presumed to breed by direct development. Nothing is known about its natural history.
It is known only from a single adult female specimen collected over one person/day in 2002 (von May et al. 2008). No new surveys have been conducted in the type locality or surrounding area (E. Lehr pers. comm. March 2013).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Phrynopus paucari. In: IUCN 2014