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Eleutherodactylus jamaicensis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA ELEUTHERODACTYLIDAE

Scientific Name: Eleutherodactylus jamaicensis
Species Authority: Barbour, 1910

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Blair Hedges, Susan Koenig, Byron Wilson
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Justification:
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in Jamaica.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is widely, but very patchily, distributed in the Jamaican interior, ranging from 120-1,290m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Jamaica
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Population [top]

Population: It is uncommon.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs only in lowland and montane moist old growth forests, and is almost always associated with arboreal or terrestrial bromeliads. Males call from, and eggs are laid in, bromeliads.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Its dependence upon bromeliads in mostly undisturbed forest makes it especially susceptible to habitat loss. Unfortunately, habitat degradation and deforestation is taking place in much of its range (such as the Blue Mountains) due to agricultural activities, human settlements, and logging.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park and several forest reserves; however, there are coffee plantations even within the park's limits and habitat disturbance resulting from tourist activities in the park remains an issue. There is clearly a need for more effective and strengthened management of the existing protected areas in the region.

Citation: Blair Hedges, Susan Koenig, Byron Wilson 2004. Eleutherodactylus jamaicensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 26 October 2014.
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