This species can be found in humid lowlands and premontane slopes on the Pacific versant of western Panama and Costa Rica, on the Meseta Central Occidental, and in gallery forests in the sub-humid northwest and peripherally on the Atlantic lowlands near Laguna Arenal, at elevations of 3-1,330 m asl (Savage 2002).
Habitat and Ecology
This is a diurnal leaf-litter species found in humid lowland-dry forest, but may also be present in other forest types, secondary forest, plantations and pastureland. It is a species that breeds by direct development.
It is a very common species, and is abundant in San Vito, Costa Rica (Santos-Barrera et al. 2007).
Generally it is threatened by habitat loss resulting from deforestation due to urbanization and agriculture.
Although there are no specific conservation measures in place, the species has been recorded from a number of protected areas in Costa Rica.
Taxonomic studies are required for the sub-populations in Costa Rica (G. Chaves pers. comm. 2015).
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern since it is common and somewhat adaptable, with a presumed large population.
This species was previously within the genus Eleutherodactylus (Crawford and Smith 2005). Further taxonomic evaluations of northern populations currently included in this taxon are required.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2015. Craugastor stejnegerianus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T56977A54351697. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T56977A54351697.en .Downloaded on 21 February 2019