This species is known from scattered localities along the eastern face of the Andes in Ecuador, at low to moderate elevations from 1,300-2,160m asl. It is currently known from only five localities, but probably occurs more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
Specimens have been found in cloud forest in low vegetation (Lynch and Duellman 1980). It does not occur outside old growth forest. It breeds by direct development.
It is fairly common in some areas, such as Estación Biólogica Yanayacu, where it has been seen repeatedly from 2000-2003.
The main threat is habitat loss due to agriculture (both crops and livestock), logging, and human settlement.
Its distribution range overlaps with Parque Nacional Sumaco Napo-Galeras, Reserva Biólogica Limoncocha, Reserva de Produccion Faunistica Cuyabeno, Reserva Ecológica Cayambe-Coca and Reserva Ecológica Antisana.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat in the Amazonian slopes of the Ecuadorian Andes.
Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Diego Almeida, Fernando Nogales 2004. Pristimantis inusitatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T56676A11502068. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T56676A11502068.en .Downloaded on 22 January 2019