Plectrohyla avia
family: Hylidae
subfamily: Hylinae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Critically Endangered (CR)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Guatemala, Mexico


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species can be found in extreme south-western Chiapas, Mexico, southward to northern Pacific Guatemala from 1,700-2,200 m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It occurs in cloud forests and is commonly found in vegetation along mountain streams.


It is uncommon in Guatemala and rare at one location in Chiapas.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Deforestation and transformation of native forest to agricultural areas represents the main threat. Chytridiomycosis is also a threat to this species, as it is a high-elevation, stream-breeder, and declines due to the disease have already been detected amongst other species of this genus in this region.

Conservation Actions

This species is not known to occur in any protected area, and protection of remaining cloud forest habitat in southern Chiapas is urgently needed. Given the possible threat of chytridiomycosis, the establishment of a captive-breeding programme might be necessary. This species is protected by Mexican law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr).

Red List Status

Critically Endangered (CR)


Listed as Critically Endangered because of a projected population decline of greater than 80% over the next ten years due to the effects of chytridiomycosis.


Santos-Barrera, G., Canseco-Márquez, L., Acevedo, M., Muñoz-Alonso, A. & Mendelson, J.R. 2006. Plectrohyla avia. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T55871A86523861. .Downloaded on 16 January 2019


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