This species is found at elevations of 1,540-2,100m asl on the Pacific slopes of the western Andes in Ecuador (Saloya Valley, Pichincha Province) and extreme south-western Colombia (La Planada, Nariño Department). It probably occurs more widely than current records suggest.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a montane cloud forest species. It occurs in old growth and secondary forest, but not outside forest habitats. During the day, it can be found in epiphytic bromeliads as much as 7m off the ground. It is presumed to breed by direct development, but the site of egg deposition is not known.
It was abundant in suitable habitat in La Planada, Colombia, in the late 1980s, and has been recorded during the course of recent surveys in Ecuador.
General habitat loss due to logging and agricultural development (including the planting of illegal crops) is a major threat.
In Colombia, the species occurs in Reserva La Planada (department of Nariño), and in Ecuador its range overlaps with Reserva Ecológica Los Illinizas.
Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, Santiago Ron, Luis A. Coloma, Diego Cisneros-Heredia, John Lynch, Mario Yánez-Muñoz 2004. Pristimantis eremitus. In: IUCN 2014