This species is known from six geographical localities in eastern San Martín region and one locality in southwestern Loreto region, Peru. Each geographical locality is herein considered as one threat-defined location, so a total of seven threat-defined locations. This frog is found between 200-800 m asl. Its range, taken as a proxy for extent of occurrence (EOO), is approximately 10,059 km
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits old growth, secondary and riparian lowland tropical forest. It is active near small streams, and tadpoles appear to be deposited in slow-moving streams (Twomey and Brown 2009). It appears to be restricted to the vicinity of small and slow-moving streams (Twomey and Brown 2009).
Its lowland rainforest habitat is being affected by encroaching agriculture due to farmers clearing new farms (Twomey and Brown 2009). It is also being illegally harvested and exported.
It is not known to occur in any protected areas, although it may possibly occur within Cordillera Azul National Park. Land protection in the areas where this species occurs is needed as is improved enforcement for preventing its illegal collection and export. Further research is needed into its distribution, population status and ecology, and targeted surveys are required to determine if it occurs within Cordillera Azul National Park.
Red List Status
This species is very similar to Ameerega petersi. There might be a need to re-examine the relationship between these two taxa.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2014. Ameerega pongoensis. In: IUCN 2014