This species is known only from the Papallacta Valley on the eastern face of the Andes in Napo Province, Ecuador, at 2,135-2,750m asl, though it probably occurs a little more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
It is an inhabitant of cloud forests; one individual has been found under a rock by day, and others were collected on the leaves of herbaceous plants and low bushes at night. It is not known whether or not it tolerates habitat degradation. Breeding is presumed to be by direct development, but the site of egg deposition is not known.
It is an uncommon species.
Habitat destruction and degradation are taking place due to agricultural development, livestock farming, logging, and human settlement.
It is not known from any protected areas, making the protection of cloud forest habitat in the Papallacta Valley an urgent priority.
John Lynch, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron 2004. Pristimantis lividus. In: IUCN 2014