The species is considered to be endemic to Peru. The type locality for T. punctatus is "Santa María de Valle, Huánuco", Province of Huánuco, Department of Huánuco, Peru. It is found in the provinces of Huánuco and Pachitea both in the Department of Huánuco, 2,300-3,000 m asl (Lehr 2005).
Habitat and Ecology
This is a semi-aquatic frog. It inhabits permanent streams in puna and cloud forests (E. Lehr pers. comm. 2008).
This is considered to be a rare species (E. Lehr pers. comm. 2008).
Major threats include water pollution derived from agriculture and the use of agrochemicals and waste derived from the mining industry, and deforestation. It is also possible that the species may be used as a food source and in traditional medicine (E. Lehr pers. comm. 2008).
No conservation measures are reported; however, in view that many species of Telmatobius are considered to be declining, several conservation actions are recommended (see under Conservation Measures).
Telmatobius punctatus was previously considered to be a subspecies of Telmatobius brevirostris; it was elevated to specific status by Lehr (2005) based on differences in morphological features and colour patterns.
Edgar Lehr 2010. Telmatobius punctatus. In: IUCN 2014