This species is known from the Amazonian slopes of the Cordillera Oriental in central and southern Peru, within Huánuco, Pasco, Ayacucho, Cusco, and Madre de Dios Regions. Its altitudinal range is between 1,700–3,325 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This is a cloud forest and lowland forest inhabitant. In Central Peru, specimens were found during the day in bromeliads, and males were calling at night from bamboo (Duellman and Lehr 2009). Some individuals were found in a pineapple patch by day, others were found in bromeliads by day. In Kosñipata Valley, one was found on a fern at night. It is a direct development species, that can be found in edge and slightly modified habitats.
The population status is unknown, however it is considered to be stable given its widespread distribution.
Presumably there are no major threats; it is a widespread species with large areas of suitable habitat remaining. However, there is some localized habitat loss due to human activities such as agriculture for crops and livestock.
The range of this species overlaps with Parque Nacional Manu and Tambopata-Candamo National Reserve (Madre de Dios) in southern Peru and Parque Nacional Cordillera Azul in Central Peru.
More information is needed on this species distribution, population status and trends.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, and presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Pristimantis mendax. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T56759A89207641. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T56759A89207641.en .Downloaded on 20 February 2019