This species is known only from the type locality, 13.5km east of Loja, at the crest of the Cordillera (Abra de Zamora) between Loja Province and Zamora-Chinchipe Province, Ecuador, at 2,800m asl. It might occur elsewhere, though it is unlikely to have a very wide distribution.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in high-altitude sub-páramo bushland habitats. Specimens have been collected during the day from terrestrial bromeliads. It is presumed to breed by direct development.
It is a moderately common species.
Habitat destruction and degradation is ongoing within its range, with the expansion of both agricultural activities and pine plantations.
It is not known to occur in any protected areas, but it is found close to the northern limit of Parque Nacional Podocarpus. There is a definite need for expanded and improved protection of the sub-páramo habitat of this species.
John Lynch, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron 2004. Pristimantis balionotus. In: IUCN 2014