This species is known only from the type locality, on the road Oxapampa to Yaupi at 1,770 m asl, District of Chontabamba, Province of Oxapampa, Region of Pasco, Peru (Lehr et al. 2006). It is possible that this species may occur more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
It is found in the Selva Alta Ecoregion, in both primary and secondary forests. Individuals are active at night between 1900–2200 hrs, and have been found on vegetation 1–3 m above ground, next to a road (Lehr et al. 2006). The roadside is nearly vertical and covered with secondary vegetation, which is cut several times a year as part of road maintenance. There are several small creeks near the type locality, and a roadside ditch containing running water (Lehr et al. 2006). It is presumed to breed by direct development.
Five individuals were found over the course of three person/day surveys (von May et al. 2008). There is no additional information on this species' population status.
The secondary vegetation where it has been found is cut several times a year as part of road maintenance (Lehr et al. 2006). Deforestation due to agricultural expansion has been observed in the general region where this species occurs (E. Lehr pers. comm. 2008, February 2013), although the extent of its impact on this species is unknown as its distribution is still poorly understood.
The species has been found close to, but not within, the Yanachaga Chemillén National Park which is an established protected area (E. Lehr pers. comm. February 2013). More research is needed into this species' distribution, ecology, population status and threats.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
A member of the Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) unistrigatus group following the original publication (Lehr et al. 2006). In the genus Pristimantis following Heinicke et al. (2007).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Pristimantis flavobracatus. In: IUCN 2014