This species is known from five geographic localities along the Amazonian slopes of the Andes, at elevations of 2,400–3,000 m asl, in the Province of Pasco, Region of Pasco, Peru (Lehr et al. 2006). Its EOO is 581 km2 and it is known from a single threat-defined location.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in cloud forest (E. Lehr pers. comm. 2008) where it has been found at night between 19:00–23:00 on the ground or on vegetation up to 1 m above the ground. During the day, individuals can be found among leaf litter and under stones (Lehr et al. 2006). It is presumed to breed by direct development. A pair of frogs was found in axillary amplexus in March (Lehr et al. 2006). It is not known whether this species is able to tolerate habitat disturbance (E. Lehr pers. comm. August 2013).
It was considered to be a common species in the 2008 assessment (E. Lehr pers. comm. 2008), however its current population status is unknown (E. Lehr pers. comm. April 2017). Due to ongoing decline in the extent and quality of habitat, the population is suspected to be decreasing.
Deforestation due to agriculture has been observed in the valley of Paucartambo where this species occurs (von May et al. 2008, E. Lehr pers. comm. August 2013).
No conservation actions are currently known for this species. It is not known to occur in any protected areas.
Protection of sites where this species occurs is required.
More research is needed into this species' population status and ecology.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered given that its extent of occurrence (EOO) is estimated to be 581 km2, it is considered to occur in one threat-defined location, and there is continuing decline of its cloud forest habitat in central Peru.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Pristimantis ornatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T135751A89216338. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T135751A89216338.en .Downloaded on 24 January 2019