Craugastor lauraster

Subgenus: Craugastor
family: Craugastoridae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Endangered (EN)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Honduras, Nicaragua


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species occurs from central and eastern Honduras on the Atlantic versant to northern Nicaragua, at 40-1,200m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It lives on the ground of lowland moist forest and premontane wet forest, and can survive in somewhat degraded habitats providing there is shade over leaf-litter. It presumably breeds by direct development and is not dependent on water for breeding.


It can be very common, but it is undergoing severe declines in Nicaragua at higher elevations.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The main threats to its habitat come from agriculture, cattle ranching, logging, forest fires, and severe dry seasons. The causes of the declines at high altitudes are not understood.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in several protected areas in both countries, although improved and strengthened management of these is needed. Further research is needed to investigate the reason for this species' decline at higher elevations.

Red List Status

Endangered (EN)


Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat, and in the number of mature individuals, in Honduras and Nicaragua.

Taxonomic Notes

This species was previously included in the genus Eleutherodactylus (Crawford and Smith 2005).


Gustavo Cruz, Larry David Wilson, Randy McCranie, Gunther Köhler 2010. Craugastor lauraster. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T56707A11518856. .Downloaded on 19 January 2019


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