Eleutherodactylus ruthae

Subgenus: Pelorius
family: Eleutherodactylidae
subfamily: Eleutherodactylinae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Endangered (EN)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Dominican Republic, Haiti



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is widely, albeit patchily, distributed in Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic), with an altitudinal range from sea level up to 900m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It occurs in xeric pine forest and mesic forest, including in degraded areas. Males call from, and females lay eggs in, closed underground chambers. Breeding is by direct development.


It is rarely encountered, and believed to be declining in suitable habitat for reasons that are unknown.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The major threat is severe habitat destruction due to agriculture (the cultivation of crops and livestock farming) and charcoaling. However, this does not explain the decline in suitable habitats, and other factors such as invasive predators, climate change, and chytridiomycosis may be implicated.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in several protected areas. Further research is necessary to investigate the reasons for the decline of this species in suitable habitat. Further, given that this may represent a complex of species, each with an exceedingly small range, taxonomic work is needed to ascertain the true taxonomic status of individual populations.

Red List Status

Endangered (EN)


Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 5,000km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and the extent of its forest habitat, and the number of mature individuals, on Hispaniola is declining.

Taxonomic Notes

This species is probably a complex of several species.


Blair Hedges, Sixto Inchaustegui, Richard Thomas, Robert Powell 2004. Eleutherodactylus ruthae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T56938A11557345. .Downloaded on 23 February 2019


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