Pristimantis meridionalis is only known from the type locality: Caraz, District of Caraz, Province of Huaylas, Department of Ancash, Peru. This locality is in the northern part of the Callejón de Huaylas in the Río Santa Valley, at 2290 masl. The area is in the Mountain Steppe (Serranía de Esteparia) Ecoregion (Lehr and Duellman, 2007).
Habitat and Ecology
Nothing is known about the natural history of this species.
The species is only known from the one type specimen.
No major threats are known for this species.
No conservation measures are known for this species.
In the Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) conspicillatus group according to the original publication. In the genus Pristimantis following Heinicke et al. (2007). Pristimantis meridionalis can be distinguished from other similar species by a combination of morphological features and different colour patterns (see Lehr and Duellman, 2007).
Edgar Lehr 2008. Pristimantis meridionalis. In: IUCN 2014