This species can be found from central Chiapas, Mexico, to Guatemala, El Salvador, and south-western Honduras, at elevations of 1,470-2,200 m asl. It probably occurs more widely than current records suggest, especially in areas between known sites.
Habitat and Ecology
This species occurs in humid pine-oak forests. It is able to tolerate some limited habitat destruction, but probably requires humid microclimates, and occurs in short-grasses and in coffee groves. It breeds in temporary to semi-permanent pools.
The status of this species is unknown in Guatemala and El Salvador. It is rare in Honduras, and uncommon and declining in Chiapas.
The major threat to this species is habitat loss due in particular to logging of its pine-oak forest habitat.
It occurs in several protected areas, including Reserve de la Biosfera El Triunfo (Mexico) and Reserva de la Biósfera Sierra de las Minas (Guatemala). There is a need for improved protection of the tropical cloud forests in central Chiapas.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico, and there are declines in the number of mature individuals in southern Mexico.
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