This species is known from elevations of l,080 and 1,200 m asl on the Amazonian slopes of the northern part of the Cordillera Central and at an elevation of 680 m asl on a pre-Andean ridge, all in the Region of San Martín, Peru (Duellman and Lehr 2009). A specimen from Huasmin in Cajamarca Region, collected at 2,550 m asl, is tentatively assigned to this species (Duellman and Lehr 2009), but probably requires confirmation. The extent of occurrence (EOO) of its known range is 3,043 km2 and all individuals occur in two to nine threat-defined locations. Its current distribution is poorly understood, however it most likely has a much wider range.
Habitat and Ecology
The species inhabits humid lower montane forest. Individuals have been observed on elephant ear plants and on leaves of herbaceous plants. It presumably breeds by direct development.
There is little information available on the population status and trends for this species, as only a few individuals have been observed.
Within its current known range it is threatened by loss of habitat through agricultural development (including creation of coffee plantations), selective wood extraction and human settlement.
It is not known from any protected areas, however it occurs very close to the boundary of the Cordillera Escalera Regional Conservation Area and probably occurs within this area.
Improved habitat protection is required at sites where the species is known to occur.
More information is needed on this species' taxonomy, distribution, population status, ecology, and threats.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Endangered, as this species has an extent of occurrence (EOO) of 3,043 km2, it occurs in two to nine threat-defined locations, and there is continuing decline in the quality of its habitat on slopes of the northern part of the Cordillera Central in Peru.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2018. Pristimantis ardalonychus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T56431A89205310. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-1.RLTS.T56431A89205310.en .Downloaded on 19 January 2019