This species is widespread in the upper Amazon Basin of southern Colombia, Ecuador, extreme western Brazil, and northern Peru. Its altitudinal range is from 200-1,630m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species can be found in lowland and montane rainforest, cloud forest, terrae firme forest flooding forest with close canopy and wide leaves. Individuals have been recorded on the ground by day and on low vegetation at night. In the Andes all specimens were on bushes or low trees at night (Lynch and Duellman, 1980). It is a direct development species that presumably deposits its eggs in leaf-litter. It has been recorded from secondary forest and forest edge. Rodriguez and Duellman (1994) report females containing 20-52 unpigmented eggs.
It is common in Ecuador and adjacent Colombia, however, there are few individuals recorded in Peru.
There are presumably no major threats and it is a widespread species with large areas of suitable habitat remaining. There is some localized habitat loss to general human activities such as agriculture (crops, livestock etc.).
It is present in many Colombian and Ecuadorian protected areas. Part of the Peruvian range has been proposed as Priority by Conservation of Biodiversity (Rodriguez, 1996). It is not present in any Brazilian protected areas.
There might be several species confused under this name.
Lily Rodríguez, Jorge Luis Martinez, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Fernando Castro, Jose Vicente Rueda, Javier Icochea, Ariadne Angulo, Claude Gascon, Diego Cisneros-Heredia 2004. Pristimantis lanthanites. In: IUCN 2014