This species occurs on the Atlantic slope of northern and central Costa Rica, south to extreme north-western Panama. Its altitudinal range is 60-1,245m asl (Savage 2002).
Habitat and Ecology
This species is found in lowland and premontane wet forest and rainforest areas. It has been found active on low vegetation at night, and in bromeliads and leaf-litter during the day (Savage 2002). Breeding takes place by direct development, with the eggs possibly deposited on vegetation. It does not adapt well to modified habitats.
This species is rarely seen and continues to appear occasionally on censuses at the San Ramon Reserve and at Monteverde, Costa Rica. It has always been a rare species for which there is little information on population trends.
There appear to be no major threats to this species at present, as the whole of its naturally small historic range is within well-managed protected areas.
The species has been recorded from many protected areas including the San Ramon, Monteverde, and Braulio Carrillo protected areas of Costa Rica, and Parque Internacional La Amistad (Costa Rica and Panama).
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened because, although it is relatively abundant within its small range, its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 6,000 km2, however any loss of habitat is likely to make the species qualify for Vulnerable.
Pounds, J., Bolaños, F., Solís, F., Ibáñez, R., Chaves, G., Savage, J., Jaramillo, C. & Fuenmayor, Q. 2008. Pristimantis altae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T56406A11470632. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T56406A11470632.en .Downloaded on 19 January 2019