This species is only known from five localities on the Amazonian slopes of the Andes in Ecuador, at 1,410-1,700m asl, in the Río Quijos Valley. It may have a slightly wider distribution.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a nocturnal cloud forest species, found among moss, ferns or herbaceous plants on cliffs over streams. It is not known whether or not it can adapt to disturbed habitats. It is presumed to breed by direct development, but the site of egg deposition is not known.
It is reasonably common in its small range.
Habitat destruction and degradation are taking place due to agricultural development, plantations, logging, and human settlement. About 60% of the natural vegetation had been removed from within its known range by 1996. Some other species of Eleutherodactylus that are associated with high-elevation streams have undergone dramatic declines and disappearances, possibly due to chytridiomycosis, so the status of this species should be monitored carefully.
Its range possibly overlaps with the Reserva Ecológica Cayambe-Coca. There is a need for improved protection of the cloud forest habitat of this species.
John Lynch, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron 2004. Pristimantis cremnobates. In: IUCN 2014