This species is known in Peru from lowland rainforest in Cocha Cashu and La Colpa, Río Tambopata, (Madre de Dios); ridges above mouths of Candamo Guacamayo River, (Puno); Panguana, Río Pachitea (Huánuco); and Alva (Amazonas). It is also present in Acre state, western Brazil (Gascon pers comm.), department of Pando, Bolivia, and has been recently recorded at Tiputini Biodiversity Station, Orellana province, Ecuador (Cisneros-Heredia, 2006). It is also known from elevations of 200-300m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This is a low vegetation species that is a floodplain and upland forest inhabitant. In Manu, the understorey level is composed of palms, ferns, heliconias, shrubs and young trees. In Central Peru, the habitat is mainly covered with unexploited primary forest. Males usually call from low vegetation 0.1-2m above the ground. It breeds by direct development; gravid females contained 11-25 mature eggs. It is not present in degraded habitats.
Many specimens were used to describe this species.
There are no major threats; it is a widespread species with large areas of suitable habitat remaining. There is some localized habitat loss to general human activities such as collection of wood, logging, agriculture (crops, livestock etc.), oil exploration and colonization.
The range of this species overlaps with Parque Nacional Manu and Tambopata-Candamo National Reserve, (Madre de Dios), Bahuaja-Sonene National Park and Machiguenga Communal Reserve. In Brazil it has been recorded from Parque Nacional da Serra do Divisor and Reserva Extrativista do Alto Juruá, Acre State.
Lily Rodríguez, Jorge Luis Martinez, Javier Icochea, Ariadne Angulo, Claude Gascon 2010. Pristimantis skydmainos. In: IUCN 2014