This species from the Western Cordillera of the Andes ranges from southern Ecuador (at Luz Maria in Azuay Province, and around Cuenca de Loja in the Loja Basin in Loja Province), through the Huancabamba Depresion area of northen Peru, in the Provinces of Piura and Cajamarca, south at least as far as Huambos. In southern Ecuador it occurs at elevations of 1,800-3,100m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species’ habitat is the tropical montane dry forest, montane cloud forest, and sub-páramo (Duellman and Pramuk, 1999). It is characterized by a humid temperate regime. Although it sometimes is found on low vegetation at night, most individuals have been found by day; many were under rocks in sub-páramo, others were in either terrestrial or arboreal bromeliads in forest (Lynch and Duellman, 1997). A direct development species, the egg deposition site is not known. It occurs in pastures and disturbed habitats.
It is a common species both in Peru and Ecuador (where seen in 2003). This species is the most widespread species of the genus in western Peru and Ecuador.
In Peru (including within protected areas in the region), destruction and loss of habitats for livestock and selective wood extraction. In Ecuador habitat destruction and degradation are the main threats.
In Peru this species might occur in one small-protected area in NW Peru Tabaconas Namballe National Sanctuary. In Ecuador, its geographic range overlaps with Area de Recreación Cajas, and Parque Nacional Podocarpus.
Lily Rodríguez, Jorge Luis Martinez, Santiago Ron, Luis A. Coloma, Diego Almeida 2004. Pristimantis cajamarcensis. In: IUCN 2014