This species is known from two localities: one on the Oriental slope from the Cordillera Central in Huila Department, and the other on the eastern slope of the Cordillera Central in Caquetá Department, Colombia, from 2,300-2,600m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits intermediate strata in primary forest. As only a few individuals have been recorded, not much information is known regarding its exact habitat requirements, but it is believed to be extremely moisture dependent. It breeds by direct development.
It is an uncommon species, and is known only from six specimens.
Habitat loss caused by agricultural development (including the planting of illegal crops) is the main threat to the species.
One known locality is within Parque Nacional Natural Purace, and the second locality will soon be protected within the newly created Parque Nacional Natural Fragua. Further survey work is necessary to establish the current population status of this species, its ecological requirements, and to determine whether it occurs outside the two known localities.
Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, John Lynch 2004. Pristimantis hernandezi. In: IUCN 2014