Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is found in the highlands of Alta and Baja Verapaz, Guatemala, at 1,300-1,536m asl.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It has been found in open, grassy meadows when they become flooded during the early part of the rainy season. It has also been found beneath sheaths of banana plants and in a bromeliad. This species appears to tolerate some level of habitat disturbance. Breeding takes place in temporary pools.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
  • Freshwater
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
CR
Critically Endangered

Red List Criteria
A2ace

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2004

Assessor/s
Manuel Acevedo, Bruce Young

Reviewer/s
Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)

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Justification
Listed as Critically Endangered because of a drastic population decline, estimated to be more than 80% over the last three generations, inferred from the apparent disappearance of most of the population, perhaps due to chytridiomycosis.
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Population

Population
Campbell and Lawson (1992) report that the species can be abundant during the early part of the rainy season. Numerous recent visits to the range of this species have failed to turn up any individuals, suggesting a serious decline.

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

Major Threats
A major threat to this species is the ornamental plants industry, which requires heavy use of pesticides and fungicides because the cut flowers and ferns exported to first world countries have to be completely free of insects or blemishes. In areas with many of these ornamental plant farms, the streams are typically heavily contaminated. Another cause of the observed declines, which have taken place even in suitable habitat, could be chytridiomycosis.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species probably occurs in the Biotopo del Quetzal. Surveys are needed to determine the population status of this species, and the reasons for the observed decline. It is also necessary to ensure that ornamental plant farms adhere to protocols to ensure the safe and proper disposal of pesticides.
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Wikipedia

Bocourt's tree frog

Bocourt's tree frog[2] (Hyla bocourti) is a species of frog in the Hylidae family endemic to Guatemala. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland, and intermittent freshwater marshes. It is threatened by habitat loss.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Acevedo, M. & Young, B. (2004). Hyla bocourti. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 21 July 2007.
  2. ^ Hyla bocourti, Amphibian Species of the World 5.6


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