This species is endemic to central Jamaica. It formerly occurred on the south-western coast, at an altitudinal range of sea level to 1,200m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species is found in mesic broadleaf woods and forests on tree trunks and in bromeliads; it requires large dead trees. Males call from hollows in branches and bromeliads, and eggs are laid in bromeliads. It is not found in significantly altered habitats but can be found in regenerating forests.
There has been a decline in its abundance, and this species is now rarely encountered or heard calling, except in pockets of suitable habitat.
It is threatened by habitat degradation and deforestation due to agriculture, human settlements, development for tourist activities, and logging.
It occurs in several forest reserves, but these do not guarantee the species' long-term protection, and increased management of these, and improved habitat protection, are necessary.
Blair Hedges, Susan Koenig, Byron Wilson 2004. Osteopilus crucialis. In: IUCN 2014