This species is known only from the type locality at Monteverde in the Cordillera de Tilarán, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Its altitudinal range is 1,520-1,600m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It has been recorded from herbaceous vegetation in the lower parts of montane rainforest.
This species is known only from three female specimens. Many herpetologists have searched for it without success (except for a report from the early 1980s). However, this species is hard to distinguish from related species, and there is a lack of knowledge about the microhabitats where it occurs, thus hampering survey efforts ever since it was described. Scientists have been unable to find this species since well before other species of amphibians began declining in Monteverde in 1988, and so there is no evidence that it disappeared as part of that phenomenon. The current population status is therefore unknown. There have been no new reports of this species as of August 2007 (Federico Bolaños pers. comm.).
There is no reliable information on threats, but they might be affected by airborne pollution.
The collection locality of this taxon is in the Reserva Biológica Monteverde.
This species was previously within the genus Eleutherodactylus (Crawford and Smith 2005). The systematic status of Craugastor cuaquero remains somewhat unclear, and it is possible that this may not represent a valid species (Federico Bolaños pers. comm.).
Pounds, J. & Bolaños, F. 2008. Craugastor cuaquero. In: IUCN 2014