This species is known from the Atlantic slopes of Mexico, from Tlaxcala and northern Puebla and east-central to southern Puebla, at elevations of 1,800-3,100m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This stream-breeding amphibian requires highly humid habitats such as streams in high-elevation cloud and pine-oak forests. It also takes refuge in bromeliads.
It is a common species.
Disturbance and clearance of the primary forest and the desiccation of streams are the main threats to this species. Chytridiomycosis may be a threat, as it is a high-elevation stream dweller, and declines due to the disease have already been detected amongst other species of this genus elsewhere.
The protection of forest fragments in eastern central Mexico is recommended since no protected areas currently are included within the species' range. Further survey work and research is needed to determine whether chytrid poses a threat to this species. This species is protected by Mexican law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr).
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat on the Atlantic slopes of Mexico.
This species was previously included in the genus Hyla but has recently been moved to the genus Plectrohyla (Faivovich et al. 2005).
Georgina Santos-Barrera, Luis Canseco-Márquez 2004. Plectrohyla arborescandens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55394A11292209. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T55394A11292209.en .Downloaded on 16 January 2019