This species can be found in the Andes of northern Peru and southern Ecuador. In Peru, it has been recorded from elevations of 1,850m asl on the upper western slopes of the northern Cordillera Central (drained by tributaries of the Río Chiriaco flowing northward into the Río Marañon), and from 1,700m asl on the western slopes of the Cordillera Colan (both sites in Amazonas Department). It is known in Ecuador from a single locality at 1,850m asl, in the Curintza, Zamora Chinchipe Province, Parque Nacional Podocarpus. This species might range more widely than these current records suggest.
Habitat and Ecology
This is a montane tropical forest species. In Peru, males were recorded calling at night from leaves of low herbaceous plants in highly disturbed, humid, upper montane forest. In the Cordillera Colan, a sub-adult female was found on a bush near a stream, and two juveniles were collected in leaf-litter in humid montane forest. It is presumed to breed by direct development. It is not known if this species occurs in degraded areas.
The current population status is unknown; only a few individuals have been observed.
The major threat is habitat loss due to selective logging and agriculture (including livestock).
In Peru the range of this species overlaps with the Cordillera de Colán Reserved Zone, a 60,000ha protected area declared in 2002. In Ecuador it is present in the Parque Nacional Podocarpus. 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 2004. Pristimantis serendipitus. In: IUCN 2014