This species is known only from Molleturo on the Pacific slopes of the Cordillera Occidental in the province of Azuay, Ecuador, at 2,317m asl. It might occur more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
The only known specimens were collected from beneath stones in an area of pastureland and scrubby vegetation, with little remaining forest. This is presumably a montane forest species that has been able to adapt to highly disturbed habitats. It is presumed to breed by direct development, but the egg deposition site is not known.
There is no recent information, probably due to insufficient survey effort.
There is no recent information on threats at its only known locality.
It is not known from any protected areas.
John Lynch, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron 2004. Pristimantis ruidus. In: IUCN 2014