This species is only known from the type locality: Hacienda Taulis, Province of Santa Cruz, Cajamarca Region, Peru (Lehr and Köhler 2007). It occurs between 1,700 and 1,800 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
The species inhabits tropical montane forests. It presumably breeds by direct development.
There is little information available on the population status and trends for this species as it is known only from the type series, comprised of four specimens (E. Lehr pers. comm. December 2017).
Deforestation of the dry forests in northern Peru due to agriculture is an ongoing issue (E. Lehr pers. comm. 2008), however effects on this species are unknown.
It has been recorded within Reserva de Vida Silvestre Bosques Nublados de Udima. It is listed as Vulnerable (VU) in Peru and has legal protection provided by the Categorization in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna (Decreto Supremo Nº004-2014-MINAGRI), which bans all hunting, capture, possession, transport or export of the species for commercial purposes.
More information is needed on this species' distribution, population status, ecology, and threats.
Red List Status
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainties as to its extent of occurrence, population status and ecological requirements.
In the Pristimantis orestes group according to the original publication. Pristimantis ventriguttatus can be distinguished from other similar species by a combination of morphological features and colour patterns (Lehr and Köhler 2007).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2018. Pristimantis ventriguttatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T136083A89220216. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T136083A89220216.en .Downloaded on 23 February 2019