This species is known from elevations of between 3,850–4,100 m asl, ca 8 and 14 km southwest (airline) of the village of Paucartambo, at La Victoria and Laguna Manchay in Pasco Region, Peru (Lehr et al. 2005).
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits high-altitude puna grassland, where individuals have been found on moist ground beneath stones. This species is presumed to breed by direct development.
It is known only from the specimens found at its type locality (Lehr et al. 2005). In 2001-2002 four individuals were observed over the course of four person/days (von May et al. 2008). No new surveys have been conducted in the type locality or surrounding area (E. Lehr pers. comm. April 2017).
The Paucartambo Valley has high human impact and habitats are generally under threat from agriculture (Lehr et al. 2005), cattle breeding and pollution (E. Lehr pers. comm. April 2017). It is not known to what extent these threats are impacting on this species and its habitats. Harvesting of Sphagnum moss throughout the eastern slopes of the Andes, especially within cloud forests, poses a potential threat to this species (R. von May pers. comm. April 2017).
It is not currently known from any protected areas, although the Reserva Nacional de Junín is near La Victoria.
Further research is needed to ascertain its ecological requirements, population status and trends as well as threats which may affect this species.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient since there is still very little information on its extent of occurrence, status, ecological requirements and threats.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2018. Phrynopus bufoides. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T61829A89215666. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-1.RLTS.T61829A89215666.en .Downloaded on 19 November 2018