This species ranges from the Atlantic slopes of Alta Verapaz to the Montañas del Mico, Guatemala, at 100-1,200 m asl. It could possibly also occur in Honduras. Due to its distribution outside of protected areas and uneven sampling effort throughout the range, it is uncertain how many threat-defined locations it is known from. Its extent of occurrence (EOO) is estimated to be 5,413 km
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in rainforests and cloud forests, usually in disturbed habitats, and can be found at night on low vegetation near streams and also under leaf sheaths of banana plants. It breeds by direct development and is not dependent upon water. It appears to tolerate some habitat disturbance because it is found in gardens, cardamom plantations and shaded coffee plantations (C. Vásquez pers. comm. 2014).
It was formerly common, but has undergone declines in the past and is now rare. However, it is not known if population declines are ongoing. Recent sampling efforts produced observations of one to three individuals per survey night (C. Vásquez pers. comm. 2014). Given that it uses multiple disturbed habitat types, it is unknown whether the population is severely fragmented.
The main threat is habitat loss due to encroachment of agricultural activity and human settlement, and the loss of bromeliads.
Part of the range of this species is included in Parque Nacional Sierra de las Minas and the protected area Cerro San Gil in Izabal (C. Vásquez pers. comm. 2014). Additional habitat protection would benefit those sites not covered by protected areas. Research and monitoring are needed to better understand its distribution, population trends and current threats. In particular, survey data show that the species often occurs in altered habitats, but research is needed to determine the level of habitat degradation that it can withstand.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
This form is part of a complex of three species that are difficult to separate morphologically, making it hard to know which species occurs where. It might be conspecific with Bolitoglossa mexicana.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2014. Bolitoglossa odonnelli. In: IUCN 2014