This species is known only from a very small area north-west of Nono at 2,140m asl on the western slope of the Andes in Pichincha Province, Ecuador.
Habitat and Ecology
It is found in cloud forest, where it is a highly specialized species, living on wet rock faces. It is unlikely to be very adaptable to modified habitats in view of its specialized microhabitat requirements. It is presumed to breed by direct development, but the site of egg deposition is not known.
It is a very rare species, and only five specimens have ever been collected.
The primary threat to the species is deforestation as a result of agricultural development (crops and livestock), and human settlement.
This species is not known from any protected areas, and maintenance of the existing habitat is urgently needed. Further survey work is required to determine the biology and population status of this species.
John Lynch, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron 2004. Pristimantis hamiotae. In: IUCN 2014