This species has a very restricted range in the Blue Mountains, in eastern Jamaica, and has been recorded from 1,060-1,880m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a terrestrial species restricted to dense closed-canopy deciduous forest, and does not tolerate disturbance of its habitat. Males call on the ground, and eggs are laid in hollows beneath rocks. It breeds by direct development.
It can be locally common in suitable habitat.
The major threat is habitat loss and destruction, primarily due to smallholder farming activities, and also from introduced vegetation.
It occurs in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, although this is not a well-managed protected area and there are even coffee plantations within the park's limits (as well as significant disturbance of the habitat from tourist activities). There is a clear need for improved and strengthened management of this particular protected area.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is much less than 5,000km2, all individuals are in fewer than five locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in the Blue Mountains, Jamaica.
Blair Hedges, Susan Koenig, Byron Wilson 2004. Eleutherodactylus nubicola. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T56797A11526672. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T56797A11526672.en .Downloaded on 14 November 2018