This recently described species is known only from the type locality of Llamaquizú stream, close to Oxapampa town, at 2,010m asl (Departamento: Pasco), Peru. It is thought to have a genuinely restricted distribution.
Habitat and Ecology
It is recorded from montane tropical rainforest. Its breeding habitat is not known.
It is a very rare species, and is known only from the type series.
The major threat to this species is habitat loss due to expanding agricultural activities.
Although Parque Nacional Yanachaga-Chemillén is very near to the type locality, populations of the species have not been reported from this protected area; there might be a need to extend the boundaries of this park to include the known type locality. The species is protected by national legislation in Peru. Further surveys are needed to determine the current population status of the species, and captive-breeding programmes might be required to ensure its persistence.
Red List Status
Critically Endangered (CR)
Listed as Critically Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 100 km2, all individuals are in a single location, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in Pasco Department, Peru.
Javier Icochea, Edgar Lehr, Karl-Heinz Jungfer, Stefan Lötters 2004. Ameerega planipaleae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T29432A9496764. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T29432A9496764.en