This species is known only from the type locality of "la cordillera de Catamarca en el arroyo `Aguas Calientes' (4,020m asl) en las inmediaciones de Cazadero Grande", Catamarca, in north-western Argentina.
Habitat and Ecology
It is an aquatic species known only from a single thermal spring of about 5km in length. Breeding takes place in the stream and the species does not occur in modified habitats.
It is common within its restricted range.
This species is potentially threatened by the use of the stream as a watering point for passing livestock, and the removal of vegetation from the area for firewood, but at present these threats appear to be minor, and no decline has been noted. Chytridiomycosis also is a potential future threat.
It is not present in any protected areas, and there might be a need for improved habitat protection at the type locality. The species is in need of close population monitoring given its very limited range and the potential threat of chytridiomycosis..
Esteban Lavilla 2004. Telmatobius hauthali. In: IUCN 2014