This species is known only from the slopes of the Bolivian Andes, at La Siberia, on the border between the departments of Cochabamba and Santa Cruz, and from Sehuencas in Parque Nacional Carrasco. It has been found at approximately 2,600m asl, though it presumably has a broader elevational range than this, and may also occur more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
It is both aquatic and terrestrial, and inhabits cloud forest and mountain streams, though its adaptability to altered habitats is not known. It presumably breeds in streams by larval development.
It is an uncommon species.
It is likely to be adversely affected by ongoing habitat loss and degradation taking place mainly due to agriculture, logging, and human settlement. Chytridiomycosis is a potential future threat.
It occurs in Parque Nacional Carrasco and possibly also in Parque Nacional Amboro.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered, in view of its extent of occurrence of less than 5,000 km2 and area of occupancy of less than 500 km2, with all individuals in fewer than five locations, and a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in the Bolivian Andes.
Claudia Cortez, Steffen Reichle, Ignacio De la Riva, Jörn Köhler 2004. Telmatobius edaphonastes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57337A11623615. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57337A11623615.en .Downloaded on 19 January 2019