This species occurs in cloud forests, at elevations of 1,140-1,700m asl, on the eastern face of the Andes and the Cordillera de Cutucú in Ecuador.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits cloud forests; specimens have been found on low vegetation at night, and most were found in ravines near streams (Lynch and Duellman 1980). It also occurs in secondary forest and forest edges. Breeding is by direct development.
It is generally an uncommon species.
Habitat loss and degradation, mainly due to agricultural activities, is the main threat to this species. Some other species of Eleutherodactylus that are associated with streams have undergone dramatic declines and disappearances, possibly due to chytridiomycosis, so the status of this species should be monitored carefully.
The geographic range of this species overlaps several protected areas, including Parque Nacional Sumaco, Parque Nacional Llanganates and Parque Nacional Sangay.
Red List Status
Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Mario Yánez-Muñoz 2004. Pristimantis prolatus. In: IUCN 2014