This species can be found on the Atlantic slopes of Mexico, from southern Veracruz to Tabasco and Chiapas, and southwards to western Belize, Guatemala, and northern Honduras, from 10-1,500m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in leaf-litter in lowland and premontane tropical forest and is tolerant of moderate habitat alteration (it occurs in cacao and shade-coffee plantations in Honduras). Reproduction is by direct development.
It is uncommon in Belize and Guatemala, and rare in Mexico. There are few localities known for Honduras. Recent surveys in Oaxaca, Mexico, indicate that it has disappeared from some localities.
Forest destruction and the conversion of forest to shaded crops are low threats, although subsistence agriculture is a threat in Honduras. The recent declines in Oaxaca could be due to chytridiomycosis.
It occurs in several protected areas throughout its range. Further work should be conducted to determine whether or not the recent declines are due to chytridiomycosis. It is protected by Mexican Law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr).
This species was previously within the genus Eleutherodactylus (Crawford and Smith 2005).
Georgina Santos-Barrera, Manuel Acevedo, Paul Walker, Julian Lee, Gustavo Cruz, Larry David Wilson 2004. Craugastor laticeps. In: IUCN 2014