This species is widely distributed on the Pacific slopes and lowlands of southern Ecuador (Loja Province) and northern Peru (Cajamarca, Piura, Lambayaque Regions), between 450–3,200 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in tropical dry forest, moist montane forest, sub-páramo, and páramo, where most individuals have been found along streams. It also is present in secondary forest, agricultural areas (D. Cisneros-Heredia pers. comm. September 2017), and in large bromeliads on rocky slopes and cliffs (Venegas 2005). This species breeds by direct development, though the egg deposition site is not known.
In both Peru and Ecuador, it is a common species (D. Cisneros-Heredia pers. comm. September 2017). Its population trend is generally stable.
Destruction and loss of habitats for livestock and selective logging is taking place, even within protected areas. In the 2004 assessment, the species was flagged as potentially susceptible to infection by the chytrid fungus as with other species in the genus that are associated with streams, but there is no further information on this threat.
In Peru, this species occurs in the Zona Reservada de Tumbes and might occur in the Tabaconas Namballe National Sanctuary. In Ecuador, it occurs in Parque Nacional Podocarpus. It is considered Near Threatened in Ecuador (Ron et al. 2017).
Further research on this species' population size, distribution and trends is recommended.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population and tolerance to a degree of habitat disturbance.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2018. Pristimantis lymani. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T56735A61411541. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-1.RLTS.T56735A61411541.en .Downloaded on 18 February 2019