Pristimantis spectabilis
family: Strabomantidae
subfamily: Pristimantinae
Species Description: Duellman WE, Chaparro JC 2008 Two distinctive new species of Pristimantis (Anura: Strabomantidae) from the Cordiller Oriental with a distributional synopsis of strabomantids in central Peru. Zootaxa 1918:13-25
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Peru



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is currently only known from the type locality: Santa Bárbara, at 3,300 m asl, District of Huancabamba, Province of Oxapampa, Pasco region, Peru (Duellman and Chaparro 2008).

Habitat and Ecology

This species is only known from the upper limits of the elfin forest or “ceja de montaña” (Duellman and Chaparro 2008). The holotype was found perched on a leaf ca 60 cm above the ground at night in the dry season (Duellman and Chaparro 2008). It is presumed to breed by direct development.


This species is currently known only from the holotype, which was collected in 2008 (Duellman and Chaparro 2008). In 2007 and 2008, surveys were conducted using 1 km transects between 3,000–3,613 m asl, with a search effort of eight days per year by two researchers (J.C. Chaparro pers. comm. March 2018). An additional specimen of this species reported in the previous assessment was in error and may have been confused with Pristimantis lucasi (J.C. Chaparro pers. comm. March 2018).

Population Trend


Major Threats

There is no information on major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species occurs in Yanachaga Chemillén National Park (J.C. Chaparro pers. comm. June 2009).

Research Needed
More research on its population status, distribution, habitat requirements and threats is needed.

Red List Status

Data Deficient (DD)


Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainties as to its extent of occurrence, population status, ecological requirements, and threats.

Taxonomic Notes

Tentatively placed in the Pristimantis unistrigatus group according to the original description (Duellman and Chaparro 2008).


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2018. Pristimantis spectabilis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T164792A89222484. .Downloaded on 23 February 2019


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