This species is confined to the Massif de la Hotte, Haiti. Its altitudinal range is from 333-1,640 m asl, although it occurs at lower altitudes only on the northern slope.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in closed-canopy forest. Males call near water, and it breeds by direct development with the eggs laid on the ground.
This species was formerly common in good habitat. It was last observed in 2005 (Hedges and Díaz 2009).
Severe habitat destruction is taking place in its range, primarily due to logging by local people (charcoaling) and slash-and-burn agriculture.
The species occurs in the Parc National Macaya, but there is no management of this area for conservation, and the habitat continues to be destroyed. Urgent site-based action is required in the Massif de la Hotte to conserve the remaining habitat in the area, to ensure the persistence of this species, as well as other threatened amphibians known only from this area. Survey work in the region is required to determine the population status of this species.
Red List Status
Critically Endangered (CR)
Listed as Critically Endangered because of an expected population decline of greater than 80% over the next ten years, predicted from severe degradation of the species' habitat on the Massif de la Hotte, Haiti.
Blair Hedges, Richard Thomas, Robert Powell 2010. Eleutherodactylus apostates. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T56428A11476968. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-2.RLTS.T56428A11476968.en .Downloaded on 22 January 2019