Pristimantis culatensis is known from Páramo La Culata (8 44’33’ ’N, 71 04’20’’ W, 2870-2900 masl) and Páramo Los Conejos, above Monte Zerpa, Municipality of Libertador, Mérida state, Venezuela (La Marca, 2007).
Habitat and Ecology
The species lives in páramo ecosystems and the upper limit of cloud forests close to the city of Mérida, Venezuela. In Páramo Los Conejos the species can be found under rocks, especially under rock walls; here it is found in sympatry with Pristimantis briceni. In Páramo la Culata individuals have been found to live in disturbed areas, under rocks, where they have been found together with Atelopus oxyrhynchus and Pristimantis briceni (La Marca, 2007).
No population status information is currently available for this species.
Some populations are affected by agriculture. Occasional man-made fires may constitute a potential threat to this species (E. La Marca, pers. comm. 2008).
Most populations are found within Sierra de La Culata National Park (E. La Marca, pers. comm. 2008).
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been described, and there is still very little known about its extent of occurrence, area of occupancy, status and ecological requirements.
The genus Mucubatrachus was recently proposed by La Marca (2007). Hedges et al. (2008), however, placed Mucubatrachus in the synonymy of Pristimantis. Pristimantis culatensis can be distinguished from other similar species by a combination of morphological characters (La Marca, 2007).
Enrique La Marca 2008. Pristimantis culatensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T135729A4194144. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T135729A4194144.en .Downloaded on 17 December 2018