This species is currently known only from two general areas in the Andes of Colombia and Ecuador: the western slope of the Cordillera Occidental in extreme southern Colombia in the department of Nariño and adjacent Ecuador; and in the Saloya River Valley in Pichincha Province, north-western Ecuador. It is likely to occur between these two areas. Its known altitudinal range is 1,750-2,120m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a species of montane cloud forest that is only found in undisturbed habitats. Individuals may be found in the leaf-litter and on low herbaceous vegetation. It is presumed to breed by direct development, although the egg deposition site is not known.
It is generally a rare species, although it is apparently moderately common at La Planada in Ecuador, close to the Colombian border.
The major threats to this species are likely to be deforestation for agricultural development, plantations, illegal crops, logging, and human settlement, and pollution resulting from the spraying of illegal crops.
It occurs in the private Reserva Natural La Planada in Colombia, and in the Bosque Protector Río Guajalito in Ecuador.
Fernando Castro, Santiago Ron, Luis A. Coloma, Diego Cisneros-Heredia 2004. Pristimantis apiculatus. In: IUCN 2014