This species occurs on the Andean slopes of Amazonas, Cajamarca, Piura and Lambayeque Regions, in northern Peru (Duellman et al. 2014; P. Venegas pers. comm. March 2014). It can be found from 1,900 to 3,235 m asl (Duellman et al. 2014). Its range, taken as a proxy for extent of occurrence (EOO), is estimated at 21,359 km2.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in shrubs in humid montane tropical forests, in arboreal bromeliads (Duellman et al. 2014), and in altered habitats that retain trees with bromeliads, i.e. trees in the village of Pomacochas (Duellman et al. 2014), in the axils of palm tree leaves in parks, in rooftops, in brush and riparian forest patches within plots of arable land, and in banana and coffee plantations (P. Venegas pers. comm. March 2014). The females carry the eggs in pouches on their backs and put the tadpoles in streams.
It is considered to be common in northern Peru.
Habitat destruction and degradation is being driven by agricultural activities in the locality of Celendín, Cajamarca Region, Peru. In addition, Aguilar et al. (2012) report this species' occurrence in a mining concession in Cajamarca.
It occurs in Zona Reservada Udima (P. Venegas pers. comm. March 2014). Biological populations previously considered under this name in Tabaconas Namballe National Sanctuary could pertain to Gastrotheca lateonota or another species (P. Venegas pers. comm. March 2014).
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern because its extent of occurrence (EOO) is estimated to be 21,359 km2, it is presumed to have a large population, and it appears to be tolerant to a degree of habitat modification.
The taxonomic concept excludes Gastrotheca marsupiata lojana Parker, 1932, which is recognized by Duellman et al. (2014) as a good species, i.e. G. lojana.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2014. Gastrotheca monticola. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T57460802A43185891. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-1.RLTS.T57460802A43185891.en .Downloaded on 17 January 2019