This species is known only from the type locality, Las Cascadas, along the Loa River, in El Loa Province, Chile on the western slopes of the Andes. It can be found up to 2,260 m asl, and probably occurs elsewhere in the tributaries of the Loa River. Its extent of occurrence and area of occupancy are 10 km
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in a montane river in a high desert and has large free-swimming larvae.
The species is not abundant and the population is suspected to be decreasing.
The major threat to this species is water pollution caused by mining activities. Abstraction of surface water for human consumption and agriculture, as well as recreational activities, are affecting it.
The species may be a synonym of T. vilamensis (Sáez et al., 2014).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2015. Telmatobius dankoi. In: IUCN 2014