AmphibiaWeb - Eleutherodactylus cochranae


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Eleutherodactylus cochranae Grant, 1932
Puerto Rican Whistling Frog, Coquí Pitito, Whistle Coqui
Subgenus: Eleutherodactylus
family: Eleutherodactylidae
subfamily: Eleutherodactylinae
genus: Eleutherodactylus

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Least Concern (LC)
National Status None
Regional Status None
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E. cochranae is a small species, measuring 20mm in SVL. The back color is brown with an inverted parenthesis pattern. In some animals the inverted parenthesis looks like an hourglass pattern. There can also be a line between the eyes (Rivero 1998).

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, U.S.


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E. cochranae is native from Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands. It is found in lowlands, typically in dry forests and urban areas (Rivero 1998; Schwartz and Henderson 1991).

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
This species lives in bromeliads and palms, from where it also calls. Egg clutches have been found in bromeliad leaves (Villanueva-Rivera and Joglar 2001). When perturbed, it goes to the leaf axil for protection, which is usually filled with water.

Trends and Threats
No information is available. However, since it is very common in urban areas and some secondary forests, it is probably stable. No threats have been identified.


Rivero, J.A. (1998). Los Anfibios y Reptiles de Puerto Rico. University of Puerto Rico Press

Schwartz, A. and Henderson, R. W. (1991). Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies: Descriptions, Distributions and Natural History. University Press of Florida, Florida.

Villanueva-Rivera, L.J., and Joglar, R.L. (2001). ''Eleutherodactylus cochranae (Coquí Pitito) Reproduction.'' Herpetological Review, 32, 182.

Originally submitted by: Luis J. Villanueva-Rivera (first posted 2004-11-07)
Edited by: Tate Tunstall (2008-02-03)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Eleutherodactylus cochranae: Puerto Rican Whistling Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 28, 2023.

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