This species is known from scattered localities along the eastern face of the Andes in Ecuador, at low to moderate elevations from 1,300-2,160m asl. It is currently known from only five localities, but probably occurs more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
Specimens have been found in cloud forest in low vegetation (Lynch and Duellman 1980). It does not occur outside old growth forest. It breeds by direct development.
It is fairly common in some areas, such as Estación Biólogica Yanayacu, where it has been seen repeatedly from 2000-2003.
The main threat is habitat loss due to agriculture (both crops and livestock), logging, and human settlement.
Its distribution range overlaps with Parque Nacional Sumaco Napo-Galeras, Reserva Biólogica Limoncocha, Reserva de Produccion Faunistica Cuyabeno, Reserva Ecológica Cayambe-Coca and Reserva Ecológica Antisana.
Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Diego Almeida, Fernando Nogales 2004. Pristimantis inusitatus. In: IUCN 2014