This species is known only from the type locality, in the vicinity of the village of Huasahuasi at 2,640 m asl, in the district of Huasahuasi, province of Tarma, region of Junín, Peru (Lehr et al. 2006). Due to its presumed poor dispersal ability and presence in a fragmented habitat, it is considered unlikely that this species may occur much more widely (E. Lehr pers. comm. April 2013). Its range, taken as a proxy for extent of occurrence (EOO), is therefore not considered to exceed 100 km
Habitat and Ecology
It can be found in the Puna Ecoregion. Individuals have been found during the early afternoon in terrestrial bromeliads surrounded by the Peruvian Feather Grass (Stipa ichu) on a hillside (Lehr et al. 2006). It is restricted to habitat patches where terrestrial bromeliads grow, which are uncommon (E. Lehr pers. comm. April 2013). It is presumed to breed by direct development.
The puna areas where this species occurs have been modified by human settlement. Extensive grazing (with the adjunct of fire) is widespread and threatens pastures, shrublands and woodlands. The fallow lands are used for grazing by cattle, sheep, llama and alpaca (Michelson 2008). This type of farming activity is ongoing in the region where this species occurs (E. Lehr pers. comm. April 2013).
A member of the Eleutherodactylus lacrimosus assemblage of the Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) unistrigatus group following the original publication (Lehr et al. 2006). In the genus Pristimantis following Heinicke et al. (2007).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2014. Pristimantis pardalinus. In: IUCN 2014