This species occurs in northern Chiapas, Mexico, central and southern Belize, and central and eastern Guatemala with three recent records from northwestern Honduras. It probably occurs more widely than current records suggest, especially in areas between known sites. It has been recorded up to 1,035m asl in Honduras.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits tropical and subtropical wet forest, and tolerates modest disturbance of its habitat. It lives in the channels of fallen logs, in termite nests on the ground, in leaf-litter, in holes, and in tree stumps. It has been found in coffee plantations in Honduras. It has even been found in a parking lot. However, it is generally associated with moist microhabitats where there are abundant logs on the ground. It breeds by direct development.
It is generally uncommon, but occasionally significant numbers can be found.
Deforestation and other disturbances to the forest are clearly threats to this species when they lead to the desiccation of the soil, as is the case in most areas that have been cleared for commercial agriculture and livestock. Conversion of shaded coffee plantations to open areas or open coffee plantations would likely lead to a decline in this species.
It occurs in the Columbia River Forest Reserve in Belize, and in the Montanas del Mico Catchment Reserve in Guatemala. It was collected from a private protected area in Honduras. Most of its habitat is poorly protected. This species is protected by Mexican law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr).
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its probable wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Parra-Olea, G., Wake, D., Lee, J., Acevedo, M., Walker, P. & Castañeda, F. 2008. Oedipina elongata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59312A11912848. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T59312A11912848.en