This species is known only from two localities on the eastern slopes of the Cordillera Oriental just north of the Río Huallaga in central Peru, at elevations of 2,740–2,800 m asl. It is expected to have a restricted distribution (E. Lehr pers. comm. April 2017).
Habitat and Ecology
This species presumably inhabits remnants of humid montane forest and presumably reproduces by direct development, similar to its congeners. Little information on this species ecology and life history is known.
There is little information available on the population status and trends for this species, as it is known only from the two specimens that constitute the type series. It has not been observed since it was last collected in 1975, however this may be an artifact the lack of survey effort (E. Lehr pers. comm. April 2017).
The main threat to this species is habitat loss due to agricultural expansion. However, given the lack of recent surveys, it is not known whether and to what extent this threat could be impacting on this species and its habitats.
It is not known from any protected areas.
More information is needed on this species' distribution, population status, natural history, and threats. Further survey work is needed to understand the habitat requirements of this species (E. Lehr pers. comm. April 2017).
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 lechriorhynchus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T78534606A89226142. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T78534606A89226142.en .Downloaded on 23 February 2019