Pristimantis vertebralis
family: Strabomantidae
subfamily: Pristimantinae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Vulnerable (VU)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Ecuador


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

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.

Population Trend


Major Threats

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.

Conservation Actions

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


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