Psychrophrynella katantika is known only from the type locality, the village of Pelechuco (3,600 m asl), and its vicinities, Province of Franz Tamayo, Department of La Paz, Bolivia (De la Riva 2007). This species is considered to have restricted geographical and altitudinal (perhaps from 3,400-3,800 m asl) ranges (I. De la Riva pers. comm. 2008).
Habitat and Ecology
This species lives in the upper limit of cloud forests; Polylepis ferns are common in the area. Individuals can be found among mosses and ferns on the old walls and ruins of the village of Pelechuco. Vocalizations have been reported for the month of March. Males are known to call primarily at night, although diurnal calling activity has also been reported (De la Riva 2007). This species presumably reproduces by direct development.
It is considered to be an abundant species (De la Riva 2007).
A restricted geographic distribution and the predicted effects of climate change (e.g., drying up of regions) are considered to pose serious future threats to the species (I. De la Riva pers. comm. 2008).
No conservation measures are known for this species.
Psychrophrynella katantika is distinguished from other similar species by a combination of colour patterns and morphological features (De la Riva 2007).
De la Riva, I. & Angulo, A. 2009. Psychrophrynella katantika. In: IUCN 2014