This is a recently described species that is known from one locality at 1,550m asl on the western slopes of the northern part of the Cordillera del Cóndor (Morona-Santiago), Ecuador. It can also be found in two localities along the Río Comainas (at 665 and 1,138m asl) on the eastern slopes of the southern part of the Cordillera del Cóndor, Amazonas Department, Peru. Its altitudinal range is from 665-1,830m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
Individuals have been found on low vegetation in humid montane forest at night (Duellman and Pramuk 1999). This species is presumed to breed by direct development, but the egg deposition site is not known.
The population status of this species is unknown. Four adult males and six adult females were used to describe it.
It is threatened by localized habitat loss due to general human activities such as collection of wood, logging, agricultural activity (the cultivation of crops and the rearing of livestock), and human settlement. In Ecuador, the known range is particularly threatened by road construction (Cisneros-Heredia pers comm.).
The range of this species overlaps with the Zona Reservada Santiago-Comaina, in both Peru and Ecuador.
Lily Rodríguez, Jorge Luis Martinez, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Diego Cisneros-Heredia, Javier Icochea 2004. Pristimantis exoristus. In: IUCN 2014