This species is found in humid forests of the Atlantic lowlands and southern premontane slopes from Honduras to eastern Panama (including islands in the Bocas del Toro) and marginally on the Pacific slope in northwestern Costa Rica, at elevations of 19-1500m asl (Savage, 2002; Federico Bolaños pers. comm. 2007).
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits humid lowland and montane forest; it may occasionally be recorded in coffee fincas. Adults are found in leaf-litter by day, and on low vegetation at night. This species shows a direct development form of reproduction; eggs are deposited on low vegetation.
In Costa Rica it has disappeared from higher elevations of its range where it originally was rare (e.g., Peñas Blancas valley of Monteverde); populations appear stable in lowlands. Populations are considered to be stable in Panama; the species appears to be rare in Honduras.
It is generally threatened by habitat loss resulting from severe deforestation.
While there are no specific conservation measures in place, the species has been recorded from several protected areas.
Pounds, J., Bolaños, F., Chaves, G., Solís, F., Ibáñez, R., Jaramillo, C., Savage, J. & Köhler, G. 2008. Pristimantis cerasinus. In: IUCN 2014