Psychrophrynella boettgeri is only known from the type locality, Phara (14 07' 36.2" S, 69 39' 52.3" W, 3466 masl), District of Limbani, Province of Sandia, Department of Puno, Peru. It is located in the Cordillera Oriental in southeastern Peru (Lehr, 2006).
Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits cloud forests with small bushes, small trees, and small streams. Individuals have been found under rocks during the day. Females are known to contain between 5 and 8 ovarian eggs (Lehr, 2006).
The species is presumed to breed by direct development. It likely reproduces during the rainy season (E. Lehr, pers. comm. 2008).
This is not considered to be a rare species (E. Lehr, pers. comm. 2008).
Deforestation was observed to occur in the region (E. Lehr, pers. comm. 2008).
No conservation measures are known for this species.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered in view of its extent of occurrence of less than 5,000 km2 and area of occupancy of less than 500 km2, with all individuals in fewer than five locations, and a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
Psychrophrynella boettgeri can be distinguished from other similar species by a combination of morphological characters (Lehr, 2006).
Edgar Lehr 2008. Psychrophrynella boettgeri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T136021A4231493. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T136021A4231493.en .Downloaded on 23 January 2019