Agalychnis saltator


Taxonomy [top]

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Scientific Name: Agalychnis saltator
Species Authority: Taylor, 1955

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor/s: Federico Bolaños, Gerardo Chaves, Jay Savage, Gustavo Cruz, Larry David Wilson, James R. McCranie, Gunther Köhler, Javier Sunyer, Brian Kubiki, Federico Bolaños
Reviewer/s: Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its presumed wide (but patchy) distribution, presumed large population, it is present in several well-managed protected areas, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in humid lowlands and less commonly on premontane Atlantic slopes from north-eastern Honduras to south-eastern Costa Rica (Savage 2002), from 15-1,300m asl. There are currently only two records of this species in Nicaragua, both from the Bosawas area (Javier Sunyer pers. comm.); further surveys are needed to fully determine the range of the species in this country.
Costa Rica; Honduras; Nicaragua
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Population [top]

Population: It is not especially common, but is regularly seen in mating aggregations at many sites.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is a seldom seen species of undisturbed lowland and montane humid and wet forests, being less commonly encountered in adjacent premontane wet forest and rainforest. It has a naturally highly fragmented habitat. This species lives in tree canopies, it is an explosive breeder descending to temporary pools to reproduce.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threats to it are general habitat loss and fragmentation through deforestation due to agricultural development and logging. In Costa Rica, recent studies indicate that, although it has a patchy distribution, there is no ongoing habitat loss at the known localities (Gerardo Chaves and Brian Kubiki pers. comm. 2007). In Honduras, habitat loss is taking place at two of the known localities, however much suitable habitat remains and it does not appear to be under threat (James R. McCranie pers. comm. 2007).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species has been recorded from several protected areas. It is listed on CITES Appendix II.
Citation: Federico Bolaños, Gerardo Chaves, Jay Savage, Gustavo Cruz, Larry David Wilson, James R. McCranie, Gunther Köhler, Javier Sunyer, Brian Kubiki, Federico Bolaños 2004. Agalychnis saltator. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 21 April 2014.
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