This species can be found in cloud forests from 1,750-2,800m asl, on the Pacific versant of the western Andes in northern Ecuador and adjacent southern Colombia (Nariño Department).
Habitat and Ecology
It is a nocturnal species that has been found in terrestrial bromeliads, and may be encountered on the sides of roads and in herbaceous vegetation, in leafy cloud forests. It is presumed to be a direct developing species although the site of egg deposition is not known. It is tolerant of habitat disturbance provided bromeliads are available.
It is fairly common, or at least was so when last searched for in the mid-1980s.
This species is threatened by deforestation occurring for a range of reasons, including logging and agricultural development for the cultivation of crops (some of them illegal) and livestock grazing.
In Ecuador, its geographic range overlaps with the Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi-Cayapas, and the Reserva Geobotánica Pululahua. It also occurs in the Reserva La Planada private reserve, Colombia.
Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, Santiago Ron, Luis A. Coloma, John Lynch 2004. Pristimantis celator. In: IUCN 2014