This species occurs in the Montana de Pijol (department of Yoro), Quebrada de Oro, Cerro Bufalo, and Cerro San Francisco (department of Atlantida), all in north-central Honduras, at elevations of 980-1,920m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in arboreal bromeliads, on low vegetation, and on the ground under rotten plant material, in premontane and montane wet forests. It can survive in degraded habitats close to forest, especially on banana plants. Breeding takes place by direct development.
It was previously considered to be a fairly common species. However, it has not been found in the Quebrada de Oro during expeditions in 2003 and 2005, and declines of anurans have recently been reported from this same area (Franklin Castañeda pers. comm. 2007). Two specimens were found at Texiguat during September 2003 (Franklin Castañeda pers. comm. 2007).
The main threat is habitat loss due to expanding subsistence and small-scale agriculture (involving the cultivation of crops and livestock farming), forest fires, and logging.
It occurs in Parque Nacional Pico Bonito, Parque Nacional Pico Pijol, and it might be present in the Texiguat Wildlife Refuge. Further research is needed into the enigmatic population declines of this species, especially at the localities of Quebrada de Oro and Texiguat.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, all individuals are in fewer than five locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in north-central Honduras. There have been declines in some populations, but not enough data are available to determine the rate of this decline.
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