This species occurs in a limited range at high elevations on the Cordillera Central, in the Dominican Republic. It has been recorded from 1,270-2,424m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species is associated with closed-canopy forest and forest remnants, and is primarily found in the fern understorey. Males call from arboreal vegetation, including ferns. Eggs are laid on the ground, and breeding is by direct development.
It is common in suitable habitat at high elevations.
The major threat is habitat destruction from agricultural development, livestock farming, and disturbance from tourist activities.
Its range includes several protected areas (including Valle Nuevo Natural Scientific Reserve). However, several of these existing protected areas are in need of more effective management.
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 in the Cordillera Central, in the Dominican Republic.
Blair Hedges, Sixto Inchaustegui, Marcelino Hernandez, Robert Powell 2004. Eleutherodactylus montanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T56776A11519615. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T56776A11519615.en .Downloaded on 19 January 2019