This species is known from the Río Choluteca watershed from Cerro La Tigra and Cerro Uyuca to El Zamorano in south-central Honduras at elevations of 800-2,000m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
The preferred habitat of this species is premontane and lower montane moist forest. It occurs in leaf-litter, and has been collected along streams and in a citrus grove away from streams. Reproduction occurs by direct development.
There have been no sightings of this species since 1985 despite one targeted effort to look for this species. Considering that all streamside Eleutherodactylus occurring above 900m asl in Honduras have disappeared recently, this species might be extinct.
Although the precise reasons for the declines seen in this species are unclear, it is possible that the apparent disappearance might be due to chytridiomycosis.
Survey work is urgently needed to determine the population status of this species, and the reasons for its decline. It is known to occur in the Parque Nacional La Tigra and the Reserva Biológica Cerro Uyuca.
Larry David Wilson, Randy McCranie 2004. Craugastor emleni. In: IUCN 2014