This species is known from the Amazonian Ecuador and Colombia (Putumayo), western Brazilian Amazonia (Purus River) and eastern Peru (several places in Loreto and a single site in Cusco). Its altitudinal range is from 100-600m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species is found in disturbed areas, secondary forests, and in primary forests sitting in bushes at night (Rodríguez and Duellman, 1994; Duellman, 1978). During the day it can be found on the forest ground. It breeds by direct development; the eggs are presumably deposited in the leaf-litter, under ground cover and possibly in bushes.
It appears to be a common species over much of its range.
Presumably there are no major threats. It is a generally 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, and agriculture (crops, livestock etc.).
There are no areas of natural reserve in its distribution area in Colombia. In Ecuador, its geographic range overlaps with Reserca Biológica Limoncocha and Parque Nacional Yasuní. The range of this species also overlaps with Parque Nacional Cordillera Azul and might overlap with Otishi National Park, Peru. It is not recorded from any Brazilian protected areas.
Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, Claudia Azevedo-Ramos, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Lily Rodríguez, Javier Icochea, Jorge Luis Martinez 2004. Pristimantis variabilis. In: IUCN 2014