This species is known only from the Pacific slope of south-western Guatemala in the departments of San Marcos and Quezaltenango, from 1,400 1,500m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It presumably once occurred in subtropical and lower montane wet forest, but this has largely been cleared within its range. Animals have been found under rotting logs and piles of dead vegetation, and in soil banks in recently cleared agricultural plantations, and in other disturbed areas (including shade-grown coffee habitats). It breeds by direct development.
It is very uncommon, although it is probably difficult to find given its subterranean habits.
The major threat is the conversion of areas of shade-grown coffee, and other shaded habitats, to more open environments.
It is not known from any formal protected areas, and any remaining suitable habitat in the range of the species requires urgent protection. Further survey work is needed to better determine the current population status of the species.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in southwestern Guatemala.
Acevedo, M., Wake, D. & Papenfuss, T. 2008. Oedipina stenopodia. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59324A11917120. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T59324A11917120.en