This species can be found on the eastern slopes of the Cordillera Oriental in the páramos of Chingaza, Sumapaz, and La Rusia, near to Bogotá city and municipality of Tasco in Cundinamarca and Boyacá Departments, Colombia, between 2,600–3,300 m asl. Its EOO is 17,807 km2 and its range is divided into six threat-defined locations.
Habitat and Ecology
This species occurs in páramo areas and also in cloud forest. It is associated with herbaceous vegetation and very small bushes. It reproduces by direct development.
It is an abundant species. It was recorded on 2012 in the Paramo de Sumapaz (G. Medina pers. comm. August 2016). Due to ongoing decline in the extent and quality of habitat, the population is suspected to be decreasing.
The major threat is habitat loss and degradation due to mining, agriculture and cattle ranching.
Bd was detected in museum specimens of this species (Ruiz and Rueda-Almonacid 2008). However, individuals from Boyacá and Cundinamarca Departments (Vásquez-Ochoa et al. 2012) tested negative for Bd so its susceptibility to infection remains unknown.
This species occurs in Chingaza and Sumapaz National Parks.
Habitat loss and conversion needs to be address through improved habitat protection.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 17,807 km2, it occurs in six threat-defined locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat in the Eastern Cordillera of the Colombian Andes.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Pristimantis elegans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T56576A85866248. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T56576A85866248.en .Downloaded on 21 January 2019