This species is known from five localities on the western flank of the Andes in extreme southern Colombia (1,700-2,020m asl) and provinces of Carchi, Cotopaxi, and Pichincha, Ecuador (900-1,800m asl). In Colombia, it occurs on the western slope from the Cordillera Occidental, in the department of Nariño. It might occur a little more widely than current records suggest.
Habitat and Ecology
This species can be found in cloud forest in the humid subtropical and temperate regime (Lynch and Duellman 1997). It occurs on vegetation up to 1.5m above ground, inside the forest as well as next to waterfalls. It breeds by direct development and eggs are deposited on the tops of leaves; the clutch is guarded by an adult. The ability of this species to adapt to modified habitats is unknown.
It was found to be rare in 2002-2003 at the La Favorita Experimental Station in Pichincha, but was common at La Planada in Colombia in 1998.
Habitat loss caused by logging and agricultural development (livestock and illegal crops) is a threat. Some other species of Eleutherodactylus that are associated with streams have undergone dramatic declines and disappearances, possibly due to chytridiomycosis, so the status of this species should be monitored carefully.
Most of the Colombian populations are inside La Planada Natural Reserve. In Ecuador, its range overlaps with Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi-Cayapas, and Reserva Ecológica Los Illinizas.
Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, John Lynch, Mario Yánez-Muñoz 2004. Pristimantis verecundus. In: IUCN 2014