Eleutherodactylus zeus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Eleutherodactylidae

Scientific Name: Eleutherodactylus zeus Schwartz, 1958
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2014. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0 (7 July 2014). Electronic Database. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Available at:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Blair Hedges, Luis Díaz
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, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in western Cuba.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species has a restricted range in the Sierra de los Organos and the Sierra del Rosario, in western Cuba. It has been recorded from 75-182m asl.
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Population [top]

Population:It can be locally common, but is also uncommon in some localities; only a few individuals have been recorded at one locality in the Viñales region, despite many collections in nearby areas (B. Hedges pers. comm.).
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This is a large species that is found in rock crevices and caves in mesic broadleaf forest. It has not been recorded outside forest habitat and is always associated with limestone. It breeds by direct development.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threat is infrastructure development for tourism, and the disturbance of habitat by tourist activities.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Its range includes several protected areas (such as Parque Nacional Viñales), but there is a need to improve the management of these reserves for conservation.

Citation: Blair Hedges, Luis Díaz. 2004. Eleutherodactylus zeus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57065A11576165. . Downloaded on 20 June 2018.
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