This species is known only from the type locality, 10.8 km west of Huancapallac at 2,950 m asl, in the eastern part of the Cordillera Central, Province of Huánuco, Region of Huánuco, Peru (Lehr 2007).
Habitat and Ecology
Nothing is known about the species' natural history. It is presumed to breed by direct development.
The species is known only from seven specimens which comprise the type series, collected in 1969. No new surveys have been conducted in the type locality or surrounding area (von May et al. 2008, 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.
No conservation actions are currently known for this species.
Additional surveys in the area are recommended to improve understanding of this species' distribution, population status and trends, ecology and threats (E. Lehr pers. comm. April 2017).
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainties as to its extent of occurrence (EOO), population status and ecological requirements.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Phrynopus kotosh. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T136006A89218780. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T136006A89218780.en .Downloaded on 23 January 2019