Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Craugastoridae

Scientific Name: Craugastor lauraster
Species Authority: (Savage, McCranie & Espinal, 1996)
Taxonomic Notes: This species was previously included in the genus Eleutherodactylus (Crawford and Smith 2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii,v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-01-09
Assessor(s): Gustavo Cruz, Larry David Wilson, Randy McCranie, Gunther Köhler
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 5,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat, and in the number of mature individuals, in Honduras and Nicaragua.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Endangered (EN)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs from central and eastern Honduras on the Atlantic versant to northern Nicaragua, at 40-1,200m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Honduras; Nicaragua
Lower elevation limit (metres): 40
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1200
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Population [top]

Population: It can be very common, but it is undergoing severe declines in Nicaragua at higher elevations.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives on the ground of lowland moist forest and premontane wet forest, and can survive in somewhat degraded habitats providing there is shade over leaf-litter. It presumably breeds by direct development and is not dependent on water for breeding.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threats to its habitat come from agriculture, cattle ranching, logging, forest fires, and severe dry seasons. The causes of the declines at high altitudes are not understood.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in several protected areas in both countries, although improved and strengthened management of these is needed. Further research is needed to investigate the reason for this species' decline at higher elevations.

Citation: Gustavo Cruz, Larry David Wilson, Randy McCranie, Gunther Köhler. 2010. Craugastor lauraster. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T56707A11518856. . Downloaded on 07 October 2015.
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