Ameerega cainarachi from the Huallaga Canyon in central Peru. Photo by Jason Brown.
Peru, northern San Martin department. Type locality is the Cainarachi valley. This species is more common in the Huallaga canyon between elevations of 250 and 750 meters. View type locality in Google Maps.
This attractive frog is most commonly found near small streams where it is thought to deposit tadpoles. This riparian lifestyle is a marked difference to A. bassleri and A. trivittata, which prefer standing water for tadpole deposition.
Due to its small range, rarity, and high market demand, this species could be considered at risk. Much of its habitat is near human settlements, and ongoing deforestation could have a strong negative impact on this species.
Part of the petersi group, sister to A. petersi.