This species can be found in the Andes of northern Peru and southern Ecuador. In Peru it is known from a single locality at 1,080m asl on the road from Abra Pardo Miguel to Moyobamba, San Martin Province (Amazonas Department) on the east slope of the northern part of the Cordillera Central. In Ecuador, it is known from a single locality in Curintza, Zamora Chinchipe Province, Parque Nacional Podocarpus, at an elevation of 1,800m asl. It perhaps occurs a little more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
It is an arboreal species (> 3m) of primary cloud and montane forest; it is not known if this species occurs in degraded areas. Specimens have been recorded from terrestrial bromeliads in lower humid montane forest. It breeds by direct development.
There is no information on the population status of this species. Only a few individuals have been observed.
The major threat is habitat loss due to agriculture (mostly livestock) and selective logging.
In Ecuador the species is present in Parque Nacional Podocarpus, but it is not recorded from any protected areas in Peru.
Lily Rodríguez, Jorge Luis Martinez, Wilfredo Arizabal, Daniel Neira, Diego Almeida, Fernando Nogales 2004. Pristimantis rhodostichus. In: IUCN 2014