he major threat is habitat loss and deforestation, as a result of agricultural development (particularly the planting of illegal crops), logging, and human settlement. Other threats include the introduction of alien predatory fish in streams, and pollution resulting from the spraying of illegal crops.
Habitat destruction and degradation is a threat to this species, mainly as a result of smallholder farming activities and clear-cutting of forests. Predictions suggest that, in Ecuador, almost half of the habitats suitable for this species have been deforested (Cisneros-Heredia, 2008).
This glass frog lives near rapid streams, both in cleared areas as well as the canopy level of trees. In Costa Rica they are found in lowland and premontane moist and wet forests, premontane rainforests, and sometimes in higher elevations and in lower montane wet forest. They generally live beneath an elevation of 1,600 m. They refrain from drier areas such as in the northwestern lowlands of Guanacaste, high mountains, or coasts.