This species is restricted to the highest elevations of the Cordillera Central, in the Dominican Republic, where it has been recorded from 2,000-3,050m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is terrestrial and found in upland closed forest and forest remnants, and has not been recorded from disturbed habitats. It calls from low vegetation, lays its eggs on the ground, and breeds by direct development.
It is moderately common in suitable habitat.
The major threat is habitat loss and destruction, due to agriculture, livestock farming, and disturbance from tourist activities. Chytrid fungus has been detected in this species in La Vega and Valle Nuevo in the Dominican Republic.
It occurs in Parque Nacional Armando Bermudez, Parque Nacional Jose del Carmen Ramirez, and the Reservas Cientificas Valle Nuevo and Del Ebaño Verde, but there is inadequate management of these areas for biodiversity conservation, and the habitat continues to be destroyed. There is a need for improved and strengthened management of these protected areas, and for close population monitoring of the species, particularly given the threat of chytrid.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, 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, Dominican Republic.
Blair Hedges, Sixto Inchaustegui, Robert Powell 2004. Eleutherodactylus patriciae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T56834A11542630. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T56834A11542630.en .Downloaded on 21 February 2019