Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species occurs on the Peninsula de Barahona, in Hispaniola, from sea level up to 600 m asl. It occurs in three threat-defined locations (M. Rodriguez and L. Diaz pers. comms. March 2011). Its range, taken as a proxy for extent of occurrence (EOO) is estimated to be 1,732 km2.
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Physical Description

Type Information

Paratype for Eleutherodactylus alcoae
Catalog Number: USNM 166959
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Amphibians & Reptiles
Sex/Stage: Male;
Preparation: Ethanol
Year Collected: 1969
Locality: Cabo Rojo, 21 km NE of, Pedernales, Dominican Republic
Elevation (m): 457 to 457
  • Paratype: Schwartz, A. 1971. Ann. Carnegie Mus. 43 (2): 26.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It is found in dry scrub forest, and retreats by day into caves and rock crevices. It can be found in rural gardens and pastures, in so far as they are on karst formations (M. Rodriguez and L. Diaz pers. comms. March 2011). Eggs are laid on the ground, and it breeds by direct development.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
EN
Endangered

Red List Criteria
B1ab(iii)

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2013

Assessor/s
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group

Reviewer/s
Cox, N.A.

Contributor/s
Hedges, B., Diaz, L., Rodriguez, M., Thomas, R., Powell, R. & Inchaustegui, S.

Justification
Listed as Endangered because its extent of occurrence (EOO) is estimated to be 1,732 km2, it is known from three threat-defined locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat on the Peninsula de Barahona, Hispaniola due to a variety of threats.

History
  • 2004
    Endangered
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Population

Population
It is a very common species in suitable habitat (in 2008, ten individuals were collected over the span of two hours and in 2010 a total of 13 individuals were collected in one cave; M. Rodriguez and L. Diaz pers. comms. March 2011). Its population is not considered to be severely fragmented as defined by the IUCN Guidelines.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
The main threat is habitat loss from conversion to cattle pastures, charcoaling and infrastructure development for human settlement (villages and small towns). There is also a cement factory that is fed by limestone mining within the range of the species (S. Inchaustegui pers. comm. March 2011).
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It occurs in Parque Nacional Jaragua and Parque Nacional Sierra de Bahoruco, but these parks are not well managed and significant habitat destruction is ongoing within the park's limits; these protected areas are in need of improved and strengthened management for biodiversity conservation, and additional habitat protection is also needed. The species is also present in the Reserva Cientifica Via Panorámica Aceitillar. More information is needed on this species' population status and ecology.

The Amphibian Ark Conservation Needs Assessment process identified this species as a candidate for ex situ research.

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Wikipedia

Barahona rock frog

The Barahona rock frog (Eleutherodactylus alcoae) is a species of frog in the Leptodactylidae family found in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, rocky areas, and caves. It is threatened by habitat loss.

References

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