This species ranges from northwestern Ecuador, through western Colombia north to the border of Panama (there are currently no confirmed records from Panama, though it presumably occurs there). It occurs from sea level up to 1,230m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a species of humid mature forest, secondary forest and forest edges, not occurring in open areas. It is mainly an arboreal species that is active at night on low vegetation or on tree trunks. When inactive, during the day, it is found in leaf-litter and inside bromeliads. It is presumed to breed by direct development, but the egg deposition site is not known.
It is common at around 300m asl in Ecuador, and is also generally common in Colombia.
The major threats are likely to be deforestation for agricultural development, plantations, illegal crops, logging, and human settlement, and pollution resulting from the spraying of illegal crops.
It occurs in Katios National Natural Park in Colombia, and possibly in some other protected areas in this country. In Ecuador, its geographic range overlaps with the Parque Nacional Mache-Chindul and the Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi-Cayapas.
Fernando Castro, Santiago Ron, Luis A. Coloma, Wilmar Bolívar, Manuel Morales 2004. Pristimantis latidiscus. In: IUCN 2014