This species is restricted to the Massif de la Hotte, in Haiti, at 575-1,300m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is an arboreal species, occurring in mesic hardwood closed-canopy forests, and has not been recorded from disturbed forest. Eggs are laid on the ground, and it breeds by direct development.
It is known to be a moderately common species in suitable habitat. It was last recorded in 2005 (Hedges and Díaz, 2009).
The primary threat to the species is severe habitat destruction, which is taking place as a result of logging by local people (charcoaling) and slash-and-burn agriculture.
Although it occurs in the Parc National Macaya, 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, in order to ensure the persistence of this species as well as other threatened amphibians known only from this area. Survey work is also 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 eunaster. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T56592A11490652. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-2.RLTS.T56592A11490652.en