AMPHIBIAWEB
Isthmohyla melacaena
family: Hylidae
subfamily: Hylinae
 
Species Description: McCranie JR, Castaneda FE 2006 A new species of hylid from from northwestern Honduras. Herpetologica 62:318-323

© 2012 Carlos R. Vasquez-Almazan (1 of 1)

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Honduras

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Near Threatened (NT)
See IUCN account.
CITES
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

   

From the IUCN Red List Species Account:

 

Range Description

Isthmohyla melacaena is known to occur in El Cusuco National Park, 15 31' N, 88 12' W, 1370–1990 m elevation, Department of Cortes, Honduras, and "mountains west of San Pedro, Honduras"’ (see McCranie and Castañeda, 2007).

Habitat and Ecology

The species is known from 1370 to 1990 m elevation in pine forest with an understory of broad leaf shrubs and grasses and in broadleaf cloud forest. Many bromeliads occur on the pine trees at the type locality, which lies on a hillside at least 150 m from the nearest streams or rivers (McCranie and Castañeda, 2006). The other known specimens were also probably associated with bromeliads. Tadpoles have also been collected in bromeliads (J.R. McCranie and F. Castañeda, pers. comm. 2008).

Males call at night from 1-2 m above the ground, a female was found at ca 3 m above the ground. The species appears to retreat into bromeliads (3-5 m high) during the daytime. Bromeliohyla bromeliacia was found in sympatry with I. melacaena (McCranie and Castañeda, 2006).

Population

This is considered to be a common species (J.R. McCranie, pers. comm. 2008).

Population Trend

Unknown

Major Threats

Habitat destruction outside of El Cusuco National Park (J.R. McCranie, pers. comm. 2008).

Conservation Actions

The species occurs within the confines of El Cusuco National Park.

Taxonomic Notes

Isthmohyla melacaena is diagnosed from other small Middle American hylids by a combination of morphological features (McCranie and Castañeda, 2006).

Citation

James McCranie 2008. Isthmohyla melacaena. In: IUCN 2014

 

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