This species is known only from the vicinity of the Florencia Forest, Samaná municipality, in Caldas department, on the Cordillera Central in the Colombian Andes, from 2,000-2,450m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species is a microhabitat specialist that occurs on top of very humid rocks in stream rapids in cloud forest. It has not been recorded away from the vicinity of rapids in forested streams. It breeds by direct development.
It is not a common species.
The main threat to this species is habitat loss caused by subsistence wood collecting and agricultural development (the planting of illegal crops). The species is an extreme habitat specialist hence increasing its vulnerability to threatening processes. Furthermore, some other species of the genus that are associated with high-elevation streams have undergone dramatic declines and disappearances, possibly due to chytridiomycosis.
The species occurs inside the recently gazetted Parque Nacional Natural Selva de Florencia. Further survey work is required to determine the population status and trends of this species and the limits of its range. In view of the possible risk of chytridiomycosis, the status of this species should be closely monitored.
Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, John Lynch 2004. Pristimantis lichenoides. In: IUCN 2014