This species has a restricted range in St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It has been recorded from sea level up to 10m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits open semi-xeric habitats, sheltering under surface debris. It is often encountered in agricultural areas on St. Thomas (Platenberg and Boulon, 2006). Eggs are laid on the ground, and it breeds by direct development.
This species is rarely encountered, but it has been recorded recently.
The major threat is habitat loss due to agriculture (involving both crops and livestock) and infrastructure development for tourism and human settlement.
Almost the whole island of St. John is protected as the Virgin Islands National Park, but there is a need for improved habitat protection on St. Thomas and St. Croix.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000km2, its Area of Occupancy is less than 500km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat on the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Blair Hedges, Richard Thomas 2010. Eleutherodactylus lentus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T56711A11520415. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-2.RLTS.T56711A11520415.en .Downloaded on 18 November 2018