This species occurs mainly in the Cordillera de Mérida in Venezuela, extending westwards to the eastern slopes of the Cordillera Oriental (where it is found in Parque Nacional Natural Tamá at 2,300m asl), Colombia. In Venezuela it is known from Boca de Monte, near Camino de Pregonero in Tachira State, and from La Soledad in Barinas State. Its altitudinal range is 1,000-2,400m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species is found in cloud forest, where it lives in bromeliads and breeds by direct development.
It is an uncommon species, known from only a small number of specimens, including just five from Colombia (though it has been collected again in this country since 2001).
There is little direct information on threats to this species, but human-induced deforestation and habitat alteration are probably having a significant impact on it, due to activities such as smallholder agriculture, logging, and human settlement.
It occurs in several protected areas.
Eleutherodactylus pulidoi was synonymized with this species by Lynch (2003).
Enrique La Marca, John Lynch 2004. Pristimantis tubernasus. In: IUCN 2014