This species is known from various geographic localities within Región Loreto and one in Región San Martín, both in the Amazonian lowlands of northern Peru (Lehr et al. 2009). It has been recorded from 101-218 m asl (G. Gagliardi pers. comm. January 2013). Due to its wide distribution in northern Peru this species is also considered likely to be distributed in Ecuador and Colombia (Lehr et al. 2009), and possibly also Brazil.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in closed-canopy primary and secondary lowland tropical forest (Lehr et al. 2009). Individuals have been found on the ground at night (Lehr et al. 2009). Congeners are known to call from low vegetation at night (Rodríguez and Duellman 1994). As with other congeners, it is presumed to breed by direct development.
The type series is comprised of seven specimens (Lehr et al. 2009), although there are additional, more recent records (G. Gagliardi pers. comm. January 2013), suggesting that the species may be relatively common.
There is some localized habitat loss due to general human activities such as logging, colonization and agriculture (crops, livestock); however, given this species' vast range, there are no known significant threats to its global population.
It is not known to occur in any protected area; however, given its widespread distribution it is possible that it may occur within one or more protected areas. Further research is needed into the distribution and population status of this species.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern due to its wide distribution in Peru and potential presence in neighbouring Brazil, Ecuador and Colombia and there are no significant threats to give any cause for concern.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Pristimantis orcus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T191001A42878292. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-1.RLTS.T191001A42878292.en .Downloaded on 20 February 2019