This species is known from the departments of Huila, Nariño and Cauca, on the east slope of the highlands of the Cordillera Central, Colombia, from 2,900-3,275m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This nocturnal species occurs on vegetation up to 1.5m above ground, inside the forest as well as next to streams. During the day it can be found under rocks and logs, and it is also found in páramo vegetation. Breeding is by direct development.
It is common.
The major threat to this species is habitat loss, in particular in Nariño Department, caused by logging and agricultural development for crop cultivation (including illegal crops) and rearing of livestock. Other high-altitude, stream-breeding Eleutherodactylus species have undergone declines possibly due to chytridiomycosis, so this might be a potential future threat.
The range of the species includes Parque Nacional Natural Puracé. Given the possible threat of chytridiomycosis this species should be monitored carefully.
Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, John Lynch 2004. Pristimantis vicarius. In: IUCN 2014