This species is found in southern Tamaulipas, southern San Luis Potosi and adjacent north Querétaro, and northern Hidalgo to central Veracruz and adjacent northern Puebla, Mexico. The species is known to occur between 580-1,798 m asl (Nieto Montes de Oca and Pérez Ramos, 1998).
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits montane cloud forest and several individuals have been found on trees and bushes in cultivated land, suggesting that it is tolerant of a degree of habitat modification. It breeds by direct development.
This is a rare species.
The major threat is habitat loss and degradation due to logging, as well as some agricultural activities.
The range of this species includes the El Cido Biosphere Reserve and Parque Nacional Cofre de Perote. Improved protection of the montane forests along the Huasteca region in Mexico is needed. It is protected by Mexican law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr).
This species was previously included in the genus Eleutherodactylus (Crawford and Smith 2005).
Georgina Santos-Barrera, Luis Canseco-Márquez 2010. Craugastor decoratus. In: IUCN 2014