This species is known with certainty only from Trinidad and Tobago, where it is widespread in forested areas, occurring up to 936m asl. In Venezuela this species has been reported from Distrito Federal, Sucre and Zulia States, occurring up to 500m asl, but these specimens most likely belong to another, as yet undescribed species, and so are not mapped here.
Habitat and Ecology
This is a nocturnal species that lives on bushes or on the ground in tropical forests. The eggs are laid either on the ground or in bromeliads and breeding is by direct development.
There is little information on its population status. However, populations on Tobago have declined over the past five years; it is not known whether it is declining on Trinidad.
The threats to this species are unknown. Since declines on Tobago have been taking place within suitable habitat, chytridiomycosis cannot be ruled out.
The forests on Tobago in which the species occurs are protected, mainly in Little Tobago Game Sanctuary. Further research is needed to establish the reasons for the declines observed in this species.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered because of a serious population decline, estimated to be more than 50% over the last ten years, possibly due to chytrdiomycosis.
There is uncertainty about the taxonomic status of this name in Venezuela. Kaiser, Hardy and Green (1994) state that South American records are based on misidentifications. J. Hardy (pers. comm.) has seen specimens from Venezuela in North American institutions; these are in poor condition and are mis-identifications of Pristimantis urichi. Here we consider the species to be endemic to Trinidad and Tobago, not occurring on the South American mainland.
Jerry Hardy, Abraham Mijares, Enrique La Marca 2004. Pristimantis urichi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57027A11570743. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57027A11570743.en .Downloaded on 19 December 2018