Plectrohyla psiloderma 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Hylidae

Scientific Name: Plectrohyla psiloderma
Species Authority: McCranie and Wilson, 1999

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-01-06
Assessor(s): Gustavo Cruz, Larry David Wilson, Randy McCranie, Gunther Köhler
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000km2, all individuals are in fewer than five locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in Guatemala and El Salvador.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Endangered (EN)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from Parque Nacional Celaque, Montaña Celaque, in the department of De Lempira, western Honduras, and from El Pital in northern El Salvador near the Honduran border. It might occur in Parque Nacional Pital in Honduras (on the Salvadorian border), where larvae thought to belong to this species have been found. Its altitudinal range is from 2,450-2,530m asl.
Countries occurrence:
El Salvador; Honduras
Lower elevation limit (metres): 2450
Upper elevation limit (metres): 2530
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Population [top]

Population: It is moderately common in Honduras; there are no recent records in El Salvador.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives on low vegetation and boulders along pristine streams in lower montane moist forest. It breeds in streams, and is not found in disturbed habitats.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threat is habitat loss, mainly due to agricultural encroachment and wood extraction. Pollution from pesticides is also suspected to be a problem. Chytridiomycosis is a potential future threat, given the impact that it has had on some other high-elevation stream-breeding members of this genus in Central America.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in Parque Nacional Celaque, and possibly also Parque Nacional Pital, both in Honduras; the Salvadorian population is not protected. Further survey work is needed to determine the status of this species in the Salvadorian part of the range.

Citation: Gustavo Cruz, Larry David Wilson, Randy McCranie, Gunther Köhler. 2010. Plectrohyla psiloderma. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T55882A11370218. . Downloaded on 29 November 2015.
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