This species occurs on the eastern Andes from the valley of Cuenca to the Loja Basin, in southern Ecuador, where it has been recorded from five localities. Its altitudinal range is 2,720-3,120m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits sub-páramo bushland with scattered trees, and has been found in terrestrial bromeliads under stones in dirt banks; it is not known whether it tolerates habitat degradation. It is presumed to breed by direct development, but the site of egg deposition is not known.
It is moderately abundant, being neither rare nor common.
The major threat is habitat destruction and degradation due to agricultural development, rearing of livestock, and human settlement.
It is not known from any protected areas, though it may occur in Parque Nacional Podocarpus. There is a need for improved protection of the sub-páramo habitat of this species.
John Lynch, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron 2004. Pristimantis orestes. In: IUCN 2014