This species is known from several localities: Colonia and Cosñipata (Cusco); between Mitupucuru and Estero Ruana (Ayacucho); from three localities in Finca Panguana (Huanuco) in central Peru; and Cocha Cashu and Tambopata (Madre de Dios) in southern Peru. Its altitudinal range is from 200-2,200m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This is a cloud forest and lowland forest inhabitant. In Central Peru, specimens were obtained on leaves at night. Some were found in a pineapple patch by day, others were found in bromeliads by day. In Cosñipata Valley, one was found on a fern at night. It is a direct development species that can be found in edge and slightly modified habitats.
The population status is unknown.
Presumably there are no major threats; it is a widespread species with large areas of suitable habitat remaining. There is some localized habitat loss due to general human activities such as agriculture (crops, livestock etc.).
The range of this species overlaps with Parque Nacional Manu and Tambopata-Candamo National Reserve (Madre de Dios) in southern Peru and Parque Nacional Cordillera Azul in Central Peru.
Lily Rodríguez, Jorge Luis Martinez, Javier Icochea, Ariadne Angulo 2004. Pristimantis mendax. In: IUCN 2014