This Colombian species is known from the eastern slopes of the Cordillera Oriental in the extreme west of the department of Caquetá, as well as from the type locality in the headwaters of the Río Magdalena, in the department of Huila. It occurs at moderate altitudes between 1,350 and 2,040m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is nocturnal, occurring on vegetation along streams and on damp soils. Breeding is by direct development.
It is a common species.
The major threats to this species' habitat are the cultivation and fumigation of crops, and the rearing of livestock. Other high-altitude, stream-breeding Eleutherodactylus species have undergone declines possibly due to chytridiomycosis, so this might be a potential future threat.
Its range includes Parque Nacional Natural Cueva de los Guácharos. Given the possible threat of chytridiomycosis this species should be monitored carefully.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Lynch (1976b) elevated this taxon to species status with no further comment. Lynch, Ruíz-Carranza and Ardila-Robayo (1994) redescribed the species, and noted a possible synapomorphy with P. cremnobates.
Martha Patricia Ramírez Pinilla, Mariela Osorno-Muñoz, Jose Vicente Rueda, Adolfo Amézquita, María Cristina Ardila-Robayo 2004. Pristimantis tamsitti. In: IUCN 2014