This species has been reported from elevations of 1,370-1,910m asl on the Amazonian slopes of the Cordillera Oriental in Napo and Sucumbios Provinces, Ecuador, and from about 1,300m asl on the southern slopes of the Cordillera del Cóndor in Departmento Cajamarca, Peru (06° 05'S; 78° 43'W). It is likely to occur more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
This species occurs in cloud forest. They are most frequently encountered at night on leaves of herbaceous vegetation or low bushes in clearings or at the forest edge (Lynch and Duellman 1980). It breeds by direct development, but the site of egg deposition is not known. It occurs in old and second growth forest.
In Ecuador, it is an uncommon species. In Peru, it has only been reported from two specimens (both sub-adult females).
The major threat is habitat loss due to livestock ranching, agro-industry, and selective logging.
In Ecuador, its distribution range overlaps with Reserva Ecológica Antisana, and Reserva Ecológica Cayambe-Coca; it might also overlap with Parque Nacional Llanganatis and Parque Nacional Sumaco Napo-Galeras. It is not recorded from any protected areas in Peru. Further survey work is needed to determine if the species is more continuously distributed between records in Ecuador and Peru.
We follow Lynch and Duellman (1997) in regarding Pristimantis kirklandi as a synonym of P. incomptus.
Lily Rodríguez, Jorge Luis Martinez, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Diego Almeida 2004. Pristimantis incomptus. In: IUCN 2014