This species is known only from the type locality, between the municipalities of Ramiriqui and Zetaquira in the Cordillera Oriental, in the department of Boyaca, Colombia. It has been recorded from 3,060-3,800m asl. It probably occurs a little more widely, but this requires confirmation.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits cloud forest, and individuals can be found under rocks and logs during the day. At night they are active on low vegetation in open areas and inside the forest, and in areas surrounded by potato crops and cattle ranching. It breeds by direct development.
It is a rare species, and fewer than ten individuals have been collected.
The major threat to this species is habitat loss due to agriculture, involving both crops and livestock, and in particular potato farming.
There are no protected areas within the range of this species, making the protection of cloud forest habitat at the type locality a priority. Further survey work is needed to determine whether it might occur outside the vicinity of the type locality.
Martha Patricia Ramírez Pinilla, Mariela Osorno-Muñoz, Jose Vicente Rueda, Adolfo Amézquita, María Cristina Ardila-Robayo 2004. Pristimantis mnionaetes. In: IUCN 2014