This species can be found in mid Motagua Valley and associated areas in central and eastern Guatemala and the slopes of the Salamá Basin in Baja Verapaz, at elevations of 500-1,400m asl. It is likely to occur somewhat more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
It is restricted to narrow riparian corridors in premontane dry forest. No other member of the genus occurs in such dry areas in this part of Central America. Reproduction occurs via direct development.
It is an uncommon species, but it is still seen regularly.
The main threat to this species is habitat loss due to agricultural activities and extraction of wood. Some other species of the genus that are associated with high-elevation streams have undergone dramatic declines and disappearances, possibly due to chytridiomycosis, so the status of this species should be monitored carefully.
It occurs outside any protected areas although the Motagua Valley has been proposed for a new national park. There is an urgent need to expand the protected areas network to include additional tracts of suitable remaining habitat in the range of this species. Further research is necessary to determine whether chytrid poses a threat.
This species was previously included in the genus Eleutherodactylus (Crawford and Smith 2005).
Manuel Acevedo, Bruce Young 2004. Craugastor inachus. In: IUCN 2014