This species can be found in the Andes of northern Peru and southern Ecuador. In Peru it has been recorded from localities at elevations of 2,400-2,850m asl in the northern part of the Cordillera Central (Amazonas region). In Ecuador, it is known from a single locality in the Romerillos, Parque Nacional Podocarpus, at 1,900m asl. It might range more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
It is known only from disturbed cloud forest. The type locality is on a mostly cultivated ridge with remnants of dense low forest (6-8m high) bearing many orchids and bromeliads. A second Peruvian locality is on a ridge overlooking the cultivated valley. In both localities, the individuals were found in large terrestrial and arboreal bromeliads by day. It breeds by direct development.
The current population status of this species is unknown.
The major threat is habitat loss and destruction through an increase in agriculture, selective logging, and human settlement. Enciso et al. (2008) recently reported Aeromonas caviae and other bacteria from skin samples, where P. schultei was one of the sampled species. These authors suggest that there is a potential for infection and development of the disease if populations undergo stress.
In Ecuador the species is present in Parque Nacional Podocarpus; in Peru it is known from Área de Conservación Privada Huiquilla (Enciso et al., 2008). Further survey work is needed to determine the current population status of this species.
Lily Rodríguez, Jorge Luis Martinez, Wilfredo Arizabal, Karl-Heinz Jungfer, Diego Almeida, Fernando Nogales 2010. Pristimantis schultei. In: IUCN 2014