Smilisca fodiens 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Hylidae

Scientific Name: Smilisca fodiens (Boulenger, 1882)
Common Name(s):
English Lowland Burrowing Treefrog
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2015. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. New York, USA. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: This species was previously within the genus Pternohyla which was recently synonymized with Smilisca (Faivovich, et al., 2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2008-10-06
Assessor(s): Georgina Santos-Barrera, Geoffrey Hammerson, Paulino Ponce-Campos
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs from south-central Arizona (Sullivan et al. 1996) in the USA, southward along the Pacific coast through to western Sonora, Sinaloa, Nayarit and Colima in Mexico. Inland it is found from central Jalisco to northern Michoacán and adjacent Guanajuato, Mexico. It occurs from near sea level to about 1,490m asl (Stebbins 1985).
Countries occurrence:
Mexico; United States
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):1490
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Population [top]

Population:Fieldwork in several localities along its range has recorded well-preserved populations, especially those occurring in Biosphere Reserves. Based on the map in Trueb (1969), there appear to be many populations, particularly in the southern part of its range.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:In Arizona, this frog lives in burrows in open mesquite grassland. In Mexico it is also found in tropical scrub forests. It is a terrestrial burrowing species. It is common in temporary pools formed by rains where it also breeds.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species' is threatened by agricultural development in some parts of its range, especially within its wide Mexican range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species' range in Mexico includes several protected areas.

Citation: Georgina Santos-Barrera, Geoffrey Hammerson, Paulino Ponce-Campos. 2010. Smilisca fodiens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T55907A11387024. . Downloaded on 21 October 2017.
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