Pristimantis padrecarlosi is known from a section of the road between Bucaramanga and Pamplona (kms 18-22), municipalities of Tona and Floridablanca, department of Santander, Colombia. It can be found between 1500 and 1950 masl (Mueses-Cisneros, 2006).
Habitat and Ecology
The species is active at night, often found on vegetation between 1-1.5 meters above the ground, next to small streams, roads, and in cracks between rocks in the splash zone of the stream in the type locality. Other amphibian species at the site include Cochranella daidalea, Hyalinobatrachium ibama, Hyloscirtus callipeza, Pristimantis bicolor, P. douglasi, P. miyatai, P. prolixodiscus and Bolitoglossa nicefori (Mueses-Cisneros, 2006). The species was also found within the forest, both close and far away from bodies of water (J.J. Mueses-Cisneros, pers. comm. 2008).
The species is presumed to breed by direct development.
The species was described from 15 specimens. In order to give a reliable estimate of P. padrecarlosi's relative abundance it is necessary to first resolve the identity of this species and that of P. douglasi both in the field and in museum collections, given the similarity between both species (J.J. Mueses-Cisneros, pers. comm. 2008).
No major threats are known for this species.
The type locality is an area restricted to public access, although it is unclear whether it is a reserve or protected area. Other localities appear to be unprotected (J.J. Mueses-Cisneros, pers. comm. 2008).
This species is considered to be within the Eleutherodactylus conspicillatus group according to the original publication (Mueses-Cisneros, 2006), although superficially the species is very similar to E. douglasi [assigned to the E. galdi group] (J.J. Mueses-Cisneros, pers. comm. 2008). In the genus Pristimantis following Heinicke et al. (2007). The species is differentiated from other similar species by a combination of morphological features (Mueses-Cisneros, 2006).
Jonh Jairo Mueses-Cisneros 2008. Pristimantis padrecarlosi. In: IUCN 2014