This species is known only from the Pacific versant of the Huancabamba Depression, in tributaries of the Río Chira, in the departments of Piura and Tumbes, Peru, and the provinces of El Oro and Loja, Ecuador, at elevations of 300-700m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species occurs in tropical forest, but has also been found in disturbed habitats. It occurs near fast-flowing rivers and reproduces in pools of water near rivers.
It is locally common in permanent waterbodies.
The major threat is ongoing habitat loss, mainly as a result of agricultural expansion and human settlement.
It occurs in the Reserva Ecológica Manglares Churute in Ecuador, and might also occur in Zona Reservada de Tumbes, Parque Nacional Cerros de Amotape, and Coto de Caza El Angolo in Peru.
This species is currently under taxonomic revision and the southern populations might be described as a new species.
Ariadne Angulo, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Diego Almeida, Fernando Nogales, Mario Yánez-Muñoz 2004. Lithobates bwana. In: IUCN 2014