Craugastor podiciferus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Craugastoridae

Scientific Name: Craugastor podiciferus (Cope, 1875)
Common Name(s):
English Cerro Utyum Robber Frog
Eleutherodactylus blairi Barbour, 1928
Eleutherodactylus podiciferus (Cope, 1875)
Hylodes habenatus (Cope, 1875)
Hylodes muricinus (Cope, 1875)
Hylodes podiciferus (Cope, 1875)
Lithodytes habenatus Cope, 1875
Lithodytes muricinus Cope, 1875
Lithodytes podiciferus Cope, 1875
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2013. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 5.6 (9 January 2013). Electronic Database. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: This species was previously included in the genus Eleutherodactylus (Crawford and Smith 2005). This form might represent a complex of several species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-01-09
Assessor(s): Frank Solís, Roberto Ibáñez, Gerardo Chaves, Jay Savage, César Jaramillo, Querube Fuenmayor, Federico Bolaños
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Near Threatened since, although its Extent of Occurrence is close to 10,000km2, and it has suffered some significant localised declines in parts of its range, it remains generally abundant within a large part of its range, and much of the population is not fragmented by habitat loss. It seems unlikely to be declining fast enough either through habitat loss or disease to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is fairly widespread on both slopes of the cordilleras of Costa Rica and adjacent western Panama, at elevations of 1,089-2,650m asl (Savage, 2002).
Countries occurrence:
Costa Rica; Panama
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1089
Upper elevation limit (metres):2650
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Population [top]

Population:It is generally common and regularly recorded in Costa Rica (Pounds et al., 1997; Lips, 1998), although there are indications that it has undergone declines at several sites at which it was formerly common, such as the Reserva Forestal Fortuna, Chiriquí, in Panama.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is a diurnal species inhabiting leaf-litter in primary humid premontane and montane forest. It presumably breeds by direct development.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Declines of this species have been recorded in both Panama and Costa Rica. For example, in Panama a massive die-off of amphibians has been observed at the Reserva Forestal Fortuna, with chytridiomycosis suspected as the major causal factor (Lips, 1999), and they are now no longer common at Las Tablas in Costa Rica where they were formerly abundant (K. Lips, pers. comm.). On the other hand, museum specimens of this species collected from La Selva-Volcán Barva (now in the Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo) in 1986 have been found infected with chytrid fungi (Puschendorf, Bolaños and Chaves, 2006), yet the species appears to have persisted in this area, where strong declines have taken place amongst other species (R. Puschendorf, pers. comm.).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species has been recorded from many protected areas in Costa Rica and Panama, including Parque Internacional La Amistad and Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo. Further research is needed into the possible decline of the species at Reserva Forestal Fortuna, and the potential impacts of the chytrid pathogen on this species.

Citation: Frank Solís, Roberto Ibáñez, Gerardo Chaves, Jay Savage, César Jaramillo, Querube Fuenmayor, Federico Bolaños. 2010. Craugastor podiciferus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T56870A11547021. . Downloaded on 20 June 2018.
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