This species is reported in Mesoamerica from the Central Panama lowlands; it is also present in Colombia. The range map for this species probably under-represents its distribution in Panama. In Colombia it is known from the Caribbean coast and the Uraba Gulf to the Magdalena valley, from 0-600m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a terrestrial species of open grassy areas, occasionally occurring within forest. Breeding takes place in ponds. It can also occur in pastures, arable land.
It is considered to be common in some areas in Panama. In Colombia it is not a common species, and is quite secretive.
There are no major threats to this quite adaptable species.
The range of the species includes several protected areas in Colombia. Further research is needed into the range (particularly in Panama), ecology, and potential conservation measures for this frog.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Frank Solís, Roberto Ibáñez, César Jaramillo, Querube Fuenmayor, Juan Manuel Renjifo, Andrés Acosta-Galvis 2004. Elachistocleis panamensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57761A11681844. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57761A11681844.en .Downloaded on 12 November 2018