This species is known from two localities separated by a low valley of unsuitable habitat: one on the eastern slope of the Cordillera Central in Huila Department, and another on the eastern slope of the Cordillera Oriental in Caquetá Department, Colombia, between 2,300–2,600 m asl. Its EOO is 1,555 km2, which represents two threat-defined locations.
Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits intermediate strata in primary forest. As only a few individuals have been recorded, not much information is known regarding its exact habitat requirements, but it is believed to be extremely moisture dependent. It breeds by direct development.
It is an uncommon species, and is known only from six specimens collected between 1991–1997 (Suarez 1999). Apparently there has been little survey effort since then in the areas where the species was recorded.
Habitat loss caused by agricultural development (coffee, plantain) and logging is the main threat to the species in the Cordillera Oriental locality. There are few threats in the PNN Puracé.
One known locality is within Puracé National Natural Park, where it is reasonably well protected.
Habitat protection is required at the other known locality of this species.
Further survey work is necessary to establish the current population status of this species, its ecological requirements, and to determine whether it occurs outside the two known localities.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered because its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 1,555 km2, it occurs in two threat-defined locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in one of the two known localities for the species in the Colombian Andes.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Pristimantis hernandezi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T56652A85862951. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T56652A85862951.en .Downloaded on 18 February 2019