This species is known from six localities in the Cordillera de Matanga east of Cuenca, in the province of Morona Santiago, southern Ecuador, at 2,652-3,384m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It seems to be primarily an inhabitant of páramo grassland that ranges down into meadows and pastures in upper cloud forests. It is not known whether or not it tolerates habitat degradation. It is presumed to breed by direct development, but the site of egg deposition is not known.
It is a common species.
The major threat is habitat destruction and degradation, which is taking place due to agricultural development (involving both crops and livestock) and human settlement.
It occurs in Parque Nacional Sangay, but there is a need for additional protection of suitable habitat in the Cordillera de Matanga.
Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, John Lynch, Ana Almendáriz 2004. Pristimantis pycnodermis. In: IUCN 2014