This species is known from more than ten locations in the vicinity of Pilalo on the Pacific slope of the Cordillera Occidental in central Ecuador, where it has been recorded from 760-2,486m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
Individuals have been found on low vegetation along, or on banks of, streams at night (Lynch and Duellman 1997) in montane forest. It breeds by direct development, and the eggs are laid in leaf-litter.
It is not an uncommon species.
Agriculture, both crops and livestock, as well as logging, are major threats to the species’ habitat. Some other species of Eleutherodactylus that are associated with montane streams have undergone dramatic declines and disappearances, possibly due to chytridiomycosis, so the status of this species should be monitored carefully.
Its range is not included in any protected areas, and there is an urgent need for the protection of the montane forest habitat of this species.
Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Diego Cisneros-Heredia, Ana Almendáriz 2004. Pristimantis crenunguis. In: IUCN 2014