Eleutherodactylus lentus

Subgenus: Euhyas
family: Eleutherodactylidae
subfamily: Eleutherodactylinae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Endangered (EN)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Virgin Islands, U.S.



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species has a restricted range in St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It has been recorded from sea level up to 10m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

This species inhabits open semi-xeric habitats, sheltering under surface debris. It is often encountered in agricultural areas on St. Thomas (Platenberg and Boulon, 2006). Eggs are laid on the ground, and it breeds by direct development.


This species is rarely encountered, but it has been recorded recently.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The major threat is habitat loss due to agriculture (involving both crops and livestock) and infrastructure development for tourism and human settlement.

Conservation Actions

Almost the whole island of St. John is protected as the Virgin Islands National Park, but there is a need for improved habitat protection on St. Thomas and St. Croix.

Red List Status

Endangered (EN)


Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000km2, its Area of Occupancy is less than 500km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat on the U.S. Virgin Islands.


Blair Hedges, Richard Thomas 2010. Eleutherodactylus lentus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T56711A11520415. .Downloaded on 23 February 2019


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