This species is known only from eight localities on the eastern face of the Cordillera Oriental, east of Cuenca, in Morono-Santiago Province, Ecuador, at 2,195-2,988m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits high-altitude sub-páramo bushland and cloud forests, but can survive in somewhat degraded forest. It is presumed to breed by direct development.
It is a reasonably common species.
Habitat destruction and degradation is ongoing within its range, with the expansion of both agricultural activities and pine plantations.
Its geographic range overlaps Parque Nacional Sangay. There is a need for expanded and improved protection of the sub-páramo habitat of this species.
John Lynch, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron 2004. Pristimantis baryecuus. In: IUCN 2014