This species is known only from Fundo Nuevo Mundo (at 1,500m asl), a cloud forest of the Cordillera Azul in Huanuco Department, central Peru. It probably occurs a little more widely than is currently known, but it is believed to have a restricted range.
Habitat and Ecology
It is associated with stream habitats in montane tropical forest, where the trees are generally widely spaced and separated by 2-3m tall shrubland. Within this there are also wet depressions and small ravines, with slightly taller (4-9m) elfin forest. Eggs are deposited on leaves above streams, and larvae develop in the streams.
It is rare and poorly known.
The principal threat to this species is habitat loss due to agricultural expansion from smallholder farming and human settlement.
It may occur in Parque Nacional Cordillera Azul. Further research into the distribution range and population status of this little-known species is needed, while the potential impacts of climate change and possible infection with the chytrid fungus require investigation.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered, because its Extent of Occurrence is believed to total less than 5,000 km2 and its Area of Occupancy is presumed to be less than 500 km2, it is known from fewer than five locations, and there is a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat.
Lily Rodríguez, Jorge Luis Martinez, Daniel Neira, Wilfredo Arizabal, Edgar Lehr, César Aguilar Puntriano 2004. Centrolene azulae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T54905A11219202. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T54905A11219202.en .Downloaded on 21 February 2019