This species ranges from central to south-eastern Costa Rica, on the Atlantic slopes at elevations of 39-1,200m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in leaf-litter of lowland and premontane moist rainforest. It can persist in moderately disturbed areas, including plantations (cacao, coffee and exotic trees) and breeds on the forest floor.
It is collected occasionally. It can experience marked population fluctuations from year to year.
The species is relatively adaptable, being only absent where land is thoroughly converted to open pasture and pineapple plantations. The range of this species is severely fragmented by this habitat loss.
It is present in several protected areas, including Parque Nacional Barbilla.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
This species was previously included in the genus Eleutherodactylus (Crawford and Smith 2005). It was recently separated from Eleutherodactylus bransfordii.
Bolaños, F., Chaves, G. & Savage, J. 2008. Craugastor persimilis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T56847A11544425. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T56847A11544425.en .Downloaded on 22 January 2019