This species is known from 4,280–4,390 m asl on the southern slopes of the Huaguruncho and Tarata peaks, in Huachón District, Pasco Province, Pasco Region, Peru (Lehr et al. 2005).
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in high-altitude humid montane grassland (puna) of the southern slopes of the snow capped mountains peaks of Huaguruncho and Tarata. Individuals were found under stones near small ponds (Lehr et al. 2005). This species is presumed to breed by direct development.
It is known from nine individuals collected over four person/days in 2003 (von May et al. 2008). No new surveys have been conducted in the type locality or surrounding area (E. Lehr pers. comm. April 2017).
There is no information on major threats affecting this species.
This species is not known from any protected area.
Further research is required into the population status and trends, ecology and threats affecting this species. Additional surveys in the area are recommended to improve understanding of this species' distribution (E. Lehr pers. comm. April 2017).
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 pesantesi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T61831A89215908. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-1.RLTS.T61831A89215908.en .Downloaded on 23 January 2019