This species is known from the páramos on the border of the departments of Tolima and Quindio, in the Cordillera Central of Colombia, from 3,580-3,680m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in páramo areas, under rocks, logs, and in the roots of grasses among Espeletia; it is also found in pastureland. It breeds by direct development.
It is a common species.
Habitat loss caused by cattle grazing (and in particular, burning of the páramo in order to cause the grass to grow faster for the cattle to graze upon) is the major threat.
There are no protected areas within the range of this species, and its remaining habitat is in urgent need of protection.
Red List Status
Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, John Lynch 2004. Pristimantis simoteriscus. In: IUCN 2014