This species' geographic range is the western slope of the Cordillera Occidental in Nariño Department, Colombia, and north-western Ecuador (El Cristal, Esmeraldas Province). It probably occurs more widely, and its altitudinal range is 1,200-2,020m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species has been found only in humid tropical cloud forest. It appears to be diurnal, and during the day individuals have been observed in recesses formed by buttresses and roots, and hopping in the leaf-litter (Lynch and Duellman 1997). It is presumed to be a direct developing species, although the egg deposition site is not known.
It was collected most recently in 1990 in Parque Nacional Natural Munchique, when a single individual was located.
It is threatened by general habitat loss caused by deforestation due to agricultural development and the cultivation of illegal crops.
In Ecuador, its geographic range overlaps with the Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi-Cayapas. In Colombia, it occurs in the private Reserva Natural La Planada, and also in Parque Nacional Natural Munchique.
Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, Santiago Ron, Luis A. Coloma, John Lynch 2004. Pristimantis hectus. In: IUCN 2014