This species has a scattered distribution in the region of the type locality, Pichincha Province, Ecuador, where it has been recorded from 800-1,380m asl. It is currently known from only six localities.
Habitat and Ecology
It is an inhabitant of humid tropical and subtropical primary forest and altered zones within primary forest (Lynch and Duellman 1997). Adults live in the forest canopy and breed by direct development.
It is a very rare species.
Habitat degradation and loss, mainly due to rapidly expanding banana plantations, is a serious threat.
Its range includes Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi-Cayapas.
Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Manuel Morales, Diego Cisneros-Heredia 2004. Pristimantis muricatus. In: IUCN 2014