This species is known from two disjunct populations, in the Municipio de Purulhá, in the department of Baja Verapaz, and the Sierra de Santa Cruz, Izabal Department, both in Guatemala, at 700-1,830m asl. It has been reported, but not collected, from the Reserva de la Biósfera Sierra de las Minas (this locality is not mapped here).
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in the vegetation of pristine cloud forest, and is assumed to breed in tree cavities or bromeliads.
It has always been rare, and has not been seen since 1994, although there have been no recent searches specifically targeting this species.
The main threat to this species is habitat loss, primarily due to agriculture, logging, and expanding ornamental plant farms.
It occurs close to Biotopo del Quetzal, and possibly occurs in the Reserva de la Biósfera Sierra de las Minas. The cloud forest habitat of this species is in need of further protection.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in Guatemela.
This species was previously included in the genus Hyla but has recently been moved to the new genus Ecnomiohyla (Faivovich et al. 2005).
Manuel Acevedo, Bruce Young 2004. Ecnomiohyla minera. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55562A11331847. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T55562A11331847.en .Downloaded on 17 December 2018