This species has a restricted range in the Sierra del Rosario, the Sierra de Camarones, and Pan de Matanzas, in western and central Cuba. It has been recorded from 155-390m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a terrestrial species found in mesic broadleaf forest, and has not been recorded outside forest habitat. At the Sierra de Camarones locality it is found on rocks. Eggs are laid on the ground, and it breeds by direct development.
It is a rare species; in several decades of field work B. Hedges (pers. comm.) encountered it only once.
The major threat is habitat loss and degradation due to agriculture, infrastructure development for human settlement, and tourism; agricultural pollution may also be having a negative impact on populations.
Its range includes several protected areas, but many of these are in need of improved management.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000km2, its range is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in Cuba.
Blair Hedges, Luis Díaz 2004. Eleutherodactylus zugi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57069A11576647. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57069A11576647.en .Downloaded on 19 November 2018