This species is only known from the type locality: Cordillera de Vilcabamba, CI/RAP Expedition Camp Two (2,050 m asl), Province of Satipo, Junín Region, Peru (Lehr 2007).
Habitat and Ecology
Vegetation at the type locality consists of tall cloud forest (18–20 m) with a high number of epiphytes, terrestrial Araceae, ferns, and orchids (Lehr 2007). Nothing is known about this species' ecology, however reproduction is presumed to occur by direct development, as with other congeners.
The species is only known from the type series, comprising four specimens. There have been no further surveys to look for the species (E. Lehr pers. comm. December 2017).
No major threats are known for this species, as it is only known from a nationally protected area.
The species is found within Parque Nacional Otishi, which is difficult to access (E. Lehr pers. comm. 2008, 2017).
Further surveys are needed to determine whether this species occurs more widely. More information is needed on this species' population status, and ecology.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainties as to its extent of occurrence, population status and ecological requirements.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2018. Pristimantis vilcabambae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T135824A89217151. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-1.RLTS.T135824A89217151.en .Downloaded on 18 February 2019