This species is found in southeastern and central Peru: in Manu, Urubamba and the Altos Purus River drainages and the Ucayali River drainage; it is also recorded from the Parque Nacional da Serra do Divisor and Reserva Extrativista do Alto Juruá, Acre State, Brazil. It can be found between 150 and 1,450 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This is a species which inhabits lowland tropical moist forest and montane forest; it specifically occurs in bamboo forest. Eggs are laid on land; the adults carry the tadpoles to streams. It is not known if it can occur in degraded habitats.
It appears to be a common and widespread species. Ten individuals were found over 10 person/day surveys in 2006 and 2007 (von May et al. 2008).
There is some localized habitat loss due to different human activities such as agriculture (crops and livestock). The species is also subject to illegal harvesting for the pet trade.
It is present in Parque Nacional Manu, Machiguenga and Amarakaeri Communal Reserves in Peru and Parque Nacional da Serra do Divisor and Reserva Extrativista do Alto Juruá in Brazil. Further research into population trends, ecology and harvest levels affecting this species is needed, as is law enforcement on illegal harvest and export activities.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2014. Ameerega macero. In: IUCN 2014