This species is known only from the type locality, Puquios, in El Loa Province, Chile (21° 00'S; 68° 23'W). It can occur up to 4,150m asl. It is probably more widely distributed than is currently recognized.
Habitat and Ecology
The pool in which this species can be found was formed by local people damming a hot stream. This species' breeding habits are unknown, though reproduction is presumably by larval development in water.
When it was discovered in 1998, there were more than 30 individuals in a tiny pool. The same pool held only four individuals in 2001.
Its major threats are unknown, although chytridiomycosis might be a potential future threat.
It is not known from any protected areas.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been discovered, and there is still very little information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
Juan Carlos Ortiz 2010. Telmatobius fronteriensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T57338A11623844. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-2.RLTS.T57338A11623844.en .Downloaded on 23 February 2019