This species is known from only one stream in Alta de Oso, on the western flank of the Cordillera Occidental, in Chocó department, Colombia, at 950m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species occurs next to waterfalls and in channelled crevices, or on vegetation on the sides of the waterfalls. It breeds by direct development.
It has only been collected once and was observed to be uncommon. There have been numerous surveys of the type locality and surrounding areas since its original discovery, but the species has not been rediscovered.
Habitat loss and degradation caused by subsistence wood collecting, agriculture (illegal crops), as well as pollution from the spraying of illegal crops, are all potential threats. Other species of Eleutherodactylus that are associated with streams have undergone dramatic declines and disappearances, possibly due to chytridiomycosis, so the status of this species should be monitored carefully.
The only known locality is not within a protected area. Further survey work is needed to confirm the persistence of the species at the type locality, and any surviving individuals might need to form the basis for the establishment of an ex-situ population.
Red List Status
Critically Endangered (CR)
Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, John Lynch 2004. Pristimantis albericoi. In: IUCN 2014