This species is known from the provinces of Carchi, Imbabura, Pichincha, and Bolivar, western Ecuador, at elevations of 1,800-3,000m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in relatively intact cloud, humid montane, and temperate montane forest. It can be found near streams and in bromeliads. Reproduction occurs by direct development.
It is rare throughout much of its range.
The main threat is habitat degradation due to smallholder agricultural activities, and subsistence wood collection. 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.
Its geographic range overlaps Reserva Geobotánica Pululahua and Reserva Ecológica Los Illinizas.
Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Diego Almeida, Mario Yánez-Muñoz 2004. Pristimantis vertebralis. In: IUCN 2014