This species is known only from the type locality of Bellavista, Pasco Region, Peru, at 3,600 m asl (Lehr et al. 2005).
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits high-altitude puna grassland, where it is presumed to breed by direct development. Nothing else is known about its natural history.
It is known only from a single adult female specimen collected over one person/day in 2002 (von May et al. 2008). No new surveys have been conducted in the type locality or surrounding area (E. Lehr pers. comm. April 2017).
It is possible that deforestation due to agriculture and cattle breeding, as well as associated pollution, may be occurring in the general area where this species occurs (E. Lehr pers. comm. April 2017). However, given the lack of recent surveys, it is not known whether and to what extent these potential threats could be impacting on this species and its habitats.
This species is not known from any protected area.
Additional surveys in the area are recommended to improve understanding of this species' distribution (E. Lehr pers. comm. April 2017). Further research is required into the population status and trends, ecology and threats affecting this species.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainties as to its extent of occurrence, population status and ecological requirements.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2018. Phrynopus paucari. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T61830A89215785. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-1.RLTS.T61830A89215785.en .Downloaded on 22 January 2019