Psychrophrynella iani is only known from the type locality (Tucurmani Molino and Achapampa, Cantón Tacacoma, Province of Larecaja, Department of La Paz, Bolivia) and its vicinities (De la Riva 2007). It may occur in areas adjacent to the type locality (I. De la Riva pers. comm. 2008). It occurs between 3,000-3,500 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species is found in humid páramo habitat. Individuals of this species were found under a large moss patch and under stones, near a narrow rivulet (ca 10 cms) by day during the dry season. No eggs were found. The species presumably breeds by direct development.
No population status information is currently available for this species. It was first and last seen in 1995 (C. Cortez pers. comm. 2008).
Potato crops are grown in the near vicinity (C. Cortez pers. comm. 2008). In addition, a restricted geographic distribution and the predicted effects of climate change (e.g., drying up of regions) are considered to pose serious threats to the species (I. De la Riva pers. comm. 2008).
No conservation measures are known for this species.
Psychrophrynella iani is distinguished from other similar species by a combination of morphological features (De la Riva 2007).
Cortez, C., De la Riva, I. & Angulo, A. 2009. Psychrophrynella iani. In: IUCN 2014