This species has a restricted range in the Sierra de Bahoruco, in the Dominican Republic. It has been recorded from 727-1,370 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This is a cloud forest species, found in terrestrial upland mesic broadleaf and pine forests. It is also found in recently clear-cut forest, but it is probably not able to sustain a population in that habitat (R. Powell pers. comm. June 2009). Eggs are laid on the ground, and it breeds by direct development.
This species has only been encountered once or twice during many visits to the region over the last two decades. It was last recorded in 1999 (Hedges and Díaz 2009).
It is restricted to an area suffering severe habitat destruction, largely due to the impacts of agriculture and charcoaling.
It's range coincides with the Parque Nacional Sierra de Bahoruco, but additional protection and maintenance of habitat in the Sierra de Bahoruco is necessary. Further survey work is also required to determine the current population status of this species.
Red List Status
Critically Endangered (CR)
Listed as Critically Endangered because of an expected population decline of greater than 80% over the next ten years, predicted from severe degradation of the species' habitat in the Sierra de Bahoruco, Dominican Republic.
Hedges, B., Inchaustegui, S. & Powell, R. 2004. Eleutherodactylus rufifemoralis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T56931A11556484. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T56931A11556484.en .Downloaded on 15 November 2018