This species occurs from northeastern Zacatecas to southern Sinaloa, southwestward to Pacific Nayarit, and then south to northeastern Oaxaca, in Mexico. Inland it is found from Guerrero to Guanajuato, Queretaro, Hidalgo, the State of Mexico and Veracruz. It occurs from sea level up to elevations of 2,600m asl (P. Ponce-Campos, pers. comm. 2008).
Habitat and Ecology
This species occurs in tropical deciduous forest to trough oak, pine and fir forest, and in coastal towns (including the downtown area of the city of Guadalajara) (P. Ponce-Campos, pers. comm. 2008). It breeds by direct development.
From field collections in recent years it appears that this is an abundant species in some locations.
It is the most abundant amphibian species in the city of Guadalajara (Ponce-Campos and Huerta-Ortega, 2004).
This frog requires an abundance of leaves and debris on the ground in the forest, and fragmentation and alteration of the forest can disturb and reduce this microhabitat.
This species inhabits a few biosphere reserves and other protected areas throughout its range.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Georgina Santos-Barrera, Luis Canseco-Márquez, Paulino Ponce-Campos 2010. Eleutherodactylus nitidus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T56793A11525027. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-2.RLTS.T56793A11525027.en .Downloaded on 23 January 2019