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 0–600 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a terrestrial species of open grassy areas, occasionally occurring within forest. It can also occur in pastures and arable land. Breeding takes place in ponds.
It is considered to be common in some areas in Panama, but in Colombia it is not a common species and is quite secretive. Its population is considered to be stable.
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 degree of habitat modification and presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2018. Elachistocleis panamensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T57761A54352363. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T57761A54352363.en .Downloaded on 20 February 2019