This species occurs in the subhumid and humid premontane and montane areas of the Cordillera de Tilaran and the Cordillera Central of Costa Rica, from 1,010-2,500m asl (Savage 2002).
Habitat and Ecology
It is found in terrestrial and arboreal moss mats in premontane moist and wet forest and rainforest and lower montane rainforest. It can also survive alongside roads where there are moss mats, and has been recorded from pastures, but it does not survive in heavily degraded habitats. Breeding is by direct development.
It can be locally common, and is regularly recorded within its range as of August 2007 (Federico Bolaños pers. comm. 2007).
There are no major threats to this species.
Virtually all of the range of this species is within well-managed protected areas. A significant portion of its range is protected in Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo.
Federico Bolaños, David Wake, Jay Savage 2004. Nototriton abscondens. In: IUCN 2013