Eleutherodactylus unicolor
Coquí Duende
Subgenus: Eleutherodactylus
family: Eleutherodactylidae
subfamily: Eleutherodactylinae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Vulnerable (VU)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species has a very restricted distribution in the Sierra del Luquillo, Puerto Rico. Its altitudinal range is from 660-1,039m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It lives underground in elfin forest, and males call from root cavities of various trees. It has not been recorded outside forest.


The population of this species is currently believed to be stable.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Although the population is currently stable, and there are no immediate major threats to the habitat of this species, its very restricted range and specialized habits make it vulnerable to extinction even in the protected areas of El Yunque through stochastic and/or global processes, which may include climate change and/or chytridiomycosis.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in the Luquillo National Forest. In view of the possible risk of disease to this species, the status of this species should be closely monitored, and it might be necessary to establish ex-situ assurance colonies.

Red List Status

Vulnerable (VU)


Listed as Vulnerable because its area of occupancy is less than 20 km2, making is susceptible to stochastic and global processes.


Neftali Rios-López 2008. Eleutherodactylus unicolor. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T57023A11569269. .Downloaded on 18 February 2019


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