This species is known from five localities east and west of Cuenca, Morona-Santiago Province, Ecuador, from 2,835-3,384m asl. It is also known from the Protected Forest of Mazan, within Parque Nacional Cajas.
Habitat and Ecology
Individuals have been found beneath rocks and logs in sub-páramo shrubland and páramo grassland habitats. It breeds by direct development.
There is no information on the current population status of this species.
Habitat destruction and degradation, primarily due to agriculture, is the major threat.
Its range overlaps Parque Nacional Cajas and Parque Nacional Sangay. Further survey work is needed to determine the current population status of this species.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in the Ecuadorian Andes.
Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Mario Yánez-Muñoz 2004. Pristimantis cryophilius. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T56538A11494398. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T56538A11494398.en