This species is currently only known from the type locality: Santa Bárbara, at 3,300 m asl, District of Huancabamba, Province of Oxapampa, Pasco region, Peru (Duellman and Chaparro 2008).
Habitat and Ecology
It is only known from the upper limits of the elfin forest or “ceja de montaña” (Duellman and Chaparro 2008). The holotype was found perched on a leaf ca 60 cm above the ground at night in the dry season (Duellman and Chaparro 2008). It is presumed to breed by direct development.
This species is currently known only from the holotype (see Duellman and Chaparro 2008) and one other individual found in one of two recent surveys conducted in 2007 and 2008 (J.C. Chaparro pers. comm. June 2009).
Tentatively placed in the Pristimantis unistrigatus group according to the original description (Duellman and Chaparro 2008).
Angulo, A. & Chaparro, J.C. 2009. Pristimantis spectabilis. In: IUCN 2014