This species is known from the Lesser Antillean islands of St. Vincent and Bequia (St Vincent and Grenada banks), Grenada and is widespread on the continental islands of Trinidad and Tobago. It has been recorded from sea level up to near 730m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This is a terrestrial and nocturnal forest and forest edge species often found close to forest stream banks, shaded gullies, and caves. It may also be found in meadows, at roadsides in parks and rural yards. The species breeds in waterbodies such as streams and drainage ditches, and the larva develop in these wetlands. The eggs are laid in foam nests in temporary ponds and ditches, and the larvae develop in water. It is able to adapt well to altered habitats.
It is a common species throughout most of its range.
Its present status in Bequia is unknown (Daudin and de Silva, 2007).
Habitat destruction is taking place due to urbanization and tourism development, as well as for agriculture, but it is not known how this is affecting the species. There are no known threats to this species in Trinidad and Tobago.
In Tobago it occurs within protected forest areas. It is not known to occur in any protected areas elsewhere in its range.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern since, although its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 5,000 km2, it is common and adaptable with a presumed large population, and it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
This species was included within Leptodactylus wagneri by Schwartz and Henderson (1991). This form might be a complex of more than one species (R. Powell pers comm.).
Jerry Hardy, Ronald Heyer, Blair Hedges, Robert Powell 2010. Leptodactylus validus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T57172A11595666. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-2.RLTS.T57172A11595666.en .Downloaded on 14 December 2018