Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Seychelles
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IUCN (Red List) status: Vulnerable (VU).
For Red List information on this species, see the IUCN species account.
From the IUCN Red List Species Account:
This species from the granitic Seychelles occurs on Mahé and Silhouette Islands. An old record for Praslin might be erroneous, and is not mapped. On Mahé and Silhouette, it has been found only above 280m asl and usually higher in areas that are relatively undisturbed. It is known from only ten localities (excluding Praslin). The area of occupancy is estimated to be less than 20km².
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in relatively undisturbed, usually forested, sites. It burrows in damp soil and leaf-litter. It is not recorded from near urban areas or houses. It probably breeds by larval development in streams and pools, but this is not confirmed.
It is not a common species and it is rarely found.
The main threat is habitat degradation, mainly due to fire and invasive species.
It occurs in the Morne Seychellois National Park, and in the site of a conservation project on Silhouette. There is a need for close monitoring of the population status of this species given its very limited range.
Ronald Nussbaum, Justin Gerlach 2004. Praslinia cooperi. In: IUCN 2012