Plectrohyla teuchestes
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


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

As currently understood, this species is known only from the type locality on the southern slopes of the Sierra de Xucaneb, north of the Río Polochic, Alta Verapaz, in central Guatemala (15° 22'N; 90° 01'W), at 1,000m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It apparently lives near, and breeds in, streams and waterfalls in montane forest. It has only been recorded from undisturbed habitats.


When discovered, a handful of adults and tadpoles were observed at the type locality. However, recent attempts to locate the species have not been successful.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The only known site is facing habitat loss as a result of farming and wood extraction. Chytridiomycosis is a potential threat, given the impact that it has had on some other members of this genus in Central America.

Conservation Actions

This species is not known to occur in any protected area; the site from which it has been recorded is on private land. In view of the threat of chytridiomycosis, it is necessary to conduct surveys to relocate this species and determine its current population status and the limits of its distribution, and possibly to initiate a captive-breeding programme.

Red List Status

Critically Endangered (CR)


Listed as Critically Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 100 km2, all individuals are in a single location, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in the Sierra de Xucaneb, Guatemala.

Taxonomic Notes

The forms that occur in Honduras have been separated to form the species Plectrohyla exquisita (McCranie and Wilson 1998).


Manuel Acevedo, Eric Smith 2004. Plectrohyla teuchestes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55887A11372355. .Downloaded on 21 January 2019


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