As currently understood, this species is known only from the type locality on the southern slopes of the Sierra de Xucaneb, north of the Río Polochic, Alta Verapaz, in central Guatemala (15° 22'N; 90° 01'W), at 1,000m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It apparently lives near, and breeds in, streams and waterfalls in montane forest. It has only been recorded from undisturbed habitats.
When discovered, a handful of adults and tadpoles were observed at the type locality. However, recent attempts to locate the species have not been successful.
The only known site is facing habitat loss as a result of farming and wood extraction. Chytridiomycosis is a potential threat, given the impact that it has had on some other members of this genus in Central America.
This species is not known to occur in any protected area; the site from which it has been recorded is on private land. In view of the threat of chytridiomycosis, it is necessary to conduct surveys to relocate this species and determine its current population status and the limits of its distribution, and possibly to initiate a captive-breeding programme.
Red List Status
Critically Endangered (CR)
Listed as Critically Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 100 km2, all individuals are in a single location, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in the Sierra de Xucaneb, Guatemala.
The forms that occur in Honduras have been separated to form the species Plectrohyla exquisita (McCranie and Wilson 1998).
Manuel Acevedo, Eric Smith 2004. Plectrohyla teuchestes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55887A11372355. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T55887A11372355.en .Downloaded on 16 December 2018