Agalychnis moreletii 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Phyllomedusidae

Scientific Name: Agalychnis moreletii (Duméril, 1853)
Common Name(s):
English Morelet's Treefrog, Black-eyed Leaf Frog
French Rainette arboricole de Morelet
Spanish Escuerzo, Rana de ojos negros, Rana Maki, Rana Morelet
Agalychnis holochlora Cope, 1865
Hyla holochlora Salvin, 1860
Hyla moreletii Duméril, 1853
Phyllomedusa moreletii Kellogg, 1932
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2014. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6 (27 January 2014). New York, USA. Available at: (Accessed: 27 January 2014).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered A3e ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Georgina Santos-Barrera, Julian Lee, Manuel Acevedo, Larry David Wilson
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Critically Endangered because of a projected population decline, estimated to be more than 80% over the next ten years, probably due to chytridiomycosis.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs from north-eastern Puebla state and south-central Veracruz state, Mexico, to north-western Honduras on the Atlantic versant; and from south-central Guerrero state, Mexico, to central El Salvador on the Pacific versant, at elevations of 300-1,500m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Belize; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico
Additional data:
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Population [top]

Population:It was formerly locally abundant in some locations in Chiapas state, Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala. However, recent surveys in Guerrero, Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico, indicate that it has disappeared from all the sites surveyed. It is uncommon, but occasionally found in breeding aggregations in Belize and Honduras. In Guatemala and Honduras, the population is declining due to habitat destruction.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It lives in lowland to montane moist forests on mountain slopes. It occurs in both pristine and disturbed habitats. Breeding takes place in small intermittent or permanent waterbodies.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Chytridiomycosis is probably the main cause of the disappearance of populations in Mexico, and the species is now probably seriously at risk from this disease. Habitat destruction due to subsistence and small holder agriculture is also a threat to this species, which also was formerly common in the pet trade.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in a number of protected areas throughout its range. Continued survey work is needed to monitor the population status of this species, and particularly to determine whether or not the reason for the apparent decline is due to chytridiomycosis. A captive-breeding programme might need to be established.
It is listed on CITES Appendix II.

Citation: Georgina Santos-Barrera, Julian Lee, Manuel Acevedo, Larry David Wilson. 2004. Agalychnis moreletii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55293A11275690. . Downloaded on 22 November 2017.
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