This species is known only from the type locality: Lake Manachaqui in the Manachaqui Valley, near Río Abiseo National Park, La Libertad Region, Peru, at 3,600 m asl (Rodríguez and Catenazzi 2017). It is expected to have a small geographic range.
Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits wet montane grasslands. The three known specimens were found within a 100 m2 area in the wettest flat area of the Manachaqui Valley, among dense moss vegetation (Rodriguez and Catenazzi 2017). It is presumed that this species has a cryptic mode of life restricted to moss, and reproduces by direct development similar to other members of the genus.
There is little information available on the population status and trends for this species, as it is known only from the few individuals that comprise the type series (Rodríguez and Catenazzi 2017).
The threats to this species are unknown.
It has so far only been found outside of Río Abiseo National Park, but might be present in areas of the same habitat within the park.
More information is needed on this species' distribution, population status, natural history, and threats.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainties as to its extent of occurrence (EOO), population status and ecological requirements.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Phrynopus capitalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T114106920A114106936. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T114106920A114106936.en