This species is known from 3,264-3,420m asl near El Chamizo in Carchi Province, and from Nueva América in Imbabura Province, in the Cordillera Oriental of the Andes in northern Ecuador. The limits to its distribution remain unknown, and it is likely to be found in adjacent Colombia.
Habitat and Ecology
It is known from montane evergreen forest and herbaceous páramo, as well as páramo dominated by Espeletia pycnophylla ssp. angelensis. Some individuals were found in secondary montane forest and agricultural land, suggesting at least a degree of tolerance to habitat degradation. Individuals are mainly found at night in terrestrial bromeliads, or on other plants or on the ground. This species is presumed to breed by direct development.
There is no information available on the population status of this species.
Habitat alteration might be a threat to it, but this species does appear to be tolerant of a degree of habitat disturbance.
Nueva América is near the Reserva Ecológica Cayambe-Coca, and it seems likely that this species occurs within this protected area.
Juan Guayasamin 2006. Pristimantis ortizi. In: IUCN 2014