This species was previously only known from the type locality, between the municipalities of Ramiriqui and Zetaquira in the Cordillera Oriental, in the department of Boyacá, Colombia. However, it is now known from two new records from the municipalities of Arcabuco and Aquitania [based in Instituto Humboldt collection], from the Cordillera Oriental, Boyacá, Colombia (Colombia Red List Assessment Workshop August 2016). It has been recorded between 3,060–3,800 m asl. Its EOO is 2,274 km2 and it occurs in four threat-defined locations.
Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits cloud forest, and individuals can be found under rocks and logs during the day. At night, these frogs are active on low vegetation in open areas and inside the forest, and have been found in areas surrounded by potato crops and cattle ranching. It breeds by direct development.
It is a rare species, and fewer than 10 individuals have been collected. Due to ongoing decline in the extent and quality of habitat, the population is suspected to be decreasing. There are records as recent as 2015 (G. Medina pers. comm. August 2016).
The major threat to this species is habitat loss due to agriculture, involving both crops and livestock, and in particular potato farming.
This species has been recorded from Santuario de Fauna y Flora Iguaque.
The protection of cloud forest habitat at the type locality is a priority.
Further survey work is needed to determine whether it might occur outside the vicinity of the type locality.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered because its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 2,274 km2, it occurs in four threat-defined locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat on the Eastern Cordillera of the Colombian Andes.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Pristimantis mnionaetes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T56769A85866879. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T56769A85866879.en .Downloaded on 18 January 2019