This species is restricted to the Yungas forests of north-western Argentina, where it is currently known only from the type locality: Los Toldos, Santa Victoria Department, Salta Province, at 1,100m asl (22° 18’S; 64° 40'W). Specimens from Bolivia with spotted bellies that are currently attributed to Elachistocleis ovalis might pertain to this species.
Habitat and Ecology
This species is known from subtropical montane moist forest, where it reproduces in temporary pools. Activity appears to be associated with rainy weather conditions. Its tolerance to habitat disturbance unknown, although the one site where this species was collected is in a heavily disturbed agricultural area.
Elachistocleis skotogaster is known only from the type series of 10 individuals collected in 1999. A subsequent visit in 2000 to the type locality failed to record this species, possibly because this visit was during a drier period.
It might be threatened by the heavy deforestation and cattle ranching that are occuring in the type locality.
It is not known to occur in any protected area.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been discovered, and there is still very little information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
Esteban Lavilla 2004. Elachistocleis skotogaster. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57811A11686074. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57811A11686074.en .Downloaded on 22 January 2019