This species is known from the north-western flank of the Andes in Ecuador, from 400-1,800m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is an inhabitant of humid temperate and subtropical primary and secondary forest (Lynch and Duellman 1997). It breeds by direct development.
It is an uncommon species.
The major threat is habitat loss due to agriculture (both crops and livestock) and logging, and the habitat within its range is now severely fragmented. Agricultural pollution is also a threat to this species.
Its range overlaps Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi-Cayapas and slightly with Reserva Ecológica Los Illinizas.
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 on the Pacific slopes of the Ecuadorian Andes.
Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Diego Cisneros-Heredia, Ana Almendáriz 2004. Pristimantis ornatissimus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T56816A11538069. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T56816A11538069.en .Downloaded on 21 February 2019