Gastrophryne elegans 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Microhylidae

Scientific Name: Gastrophryne elegans (Boulenger, 1882)
Common Name(s):
English Elegant Narrowmouth Toad
Engystoma elegans Boulenger, 1882
Microhyla elegans (Boulenger, 1882)
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2017. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA Available at:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Georgina Santos-Barrera, Manuel Acevedo, Paul Walker, Julian Lee, Larry David Wilson
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 degree of habitat modification, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species can be found in the Atlantic slope of Mexico, from central Veracruz to the south and east to southern Campeche and Quintana Roo to Guatemala, Belize and the north-central coastal areas of Honduras, at elevations of 0-350m asl. An isolated population occurs in Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve in the Yucat√°n Peninsula.
Countries occurrence:
Belize; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico
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Population [top]

Population:It is locally common in Mexico and Belize; uncommon in Guatemala and Honduras.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is terrestrial, inhabiting tropical humid forests with abundant leaf-litter coverage. In Belize and Mexico, occurs in semi deciduous forest. It occurs in cacao groves and breeds in temporary ponds.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Deforestation is a threat to this species, although it can tolerate plantations.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in several protected areas throughout much of its range. This species is protected by Mexican law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr).

Citation: Georgina Santos-Barrera, Manuel Acevedo, Paul Walker, Julian Lee, Larry David Wilson. 2004. Gastrophryne elegans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57814A11686743. . Downloaded on 18 June 2018.
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