© 2008 Enrique La Marca (1 of 2)
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Venezuela
IUCN (Red List) status: Endangered (EN).
The species is known to occur from Páramo Mucubají (Santo Domingo mountain range) to Páramo El Pajarito (Trujillo mountain range) and El Escurial (La Culata mountain range), in Venezuela, between 2900 and 4000 masl (La Marca, 2007).
Habitat and Ecology
It is a terrestrial species found in páramo grassland. It breeds by direct development.
It is rare and in decline. Populations of this frog are undergoing declines in areas where it was previously abundant, such as the Páramo de Mucubají, although it is still common in less surveyed areas.
Although most of the populations are in protected areas, agriculture (involving both crops and livestock), as well as fires, are threats to the species' habitat. However, the cause of the current declines is not known, and chytridiomycosis cannot be ruled out.
Part of the species' range is protected within Parque Nacional Sierra Nevada. Further research is needed to establish the reasons for the decline of this species, even within protected areas; if chytridiomycosis is proved to be a genuine threat, then a captive assurance colony may need to be established.
The genus Paramophrynella was proposed by La Marca (2007), which included P. ginesi; Hedges et al. (2008), however, subsequently placed Paramophrynella in the synonymy of Pristimantis.
Enrique La Marca 2008. Pristimantis ginesi. In: IUCN 2012