This species is known from the foothills of eastern Guatemala, including the Montañas del Mico, the eastern portion of the Sierra de las Minas, and the northern portion of the Sierra de Merendón. It is also known from the Maya Mountains of Belize. It ranges from near sea level to about 900m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits lowland and premontane wet and moist forest, living in and alongside streams. It is not found in degraded forest. It breeds by direct development and the eggs are laid on land.
Although still common in Belize, it has suffered serious population reductions since the 1990s in Guatemala, where it was formerly common.
Habitat loss is taking place due to agriculture, wood extraction, and human settlement. However, it is declining even in suitable habitat in Guatemala. Other species of the genus that are associated with streams have undergone dramatic declines and disappearances, possibly due to chytridiomycosis, so the status of this species should be monitored carefully.
It occurs in several protected areas, including the Columbia River Forest Reserve and probably in the Bladen Forest Reserve in Belize; and in the Montanas del Mico Catchment Reserve and the Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra de las Minas in Guatemala. Further research is necessary to establish the reasons for the declines witnessed in this species in undisturbed habitat.
Red List Status
This species was previously included in the genus Eleutherodactylus (Crawford and Smith 2005).
Julian Lee, Paul Walker, Manuel Acevedo 2004. Craugastor sabrinus. In: IUCN 2014