This species ranges from central to south-eastern Costa Rica, on the Atlantic slopes at elevations of 39-1,200m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in leaf-litter of lowland and premontane moist rainforest. It can persist in moderately disturbed areas, including plantations (cacao, coffee and exotic trees) and breeds on the forest floor.
It is collected occasionally. It can experience marked population fluctuations from year to year.
The species is relatively adaptable, being only absent where land is thoroughly converted to open pasture and pineapple plantations. The range of this species is severely fragmented by this habitat loss.
It is present in several protected areas, including Parque Nacional Barbilla.
This species was previously included in the genus Eleutherodactylus (Crawford and Smith 2005). It was recently separated from Eleutherodactylus bransfordii.
Bolaños, F., Chaves, G. & Savage, J. 2008. Craugastor persimilis. In: IUCN 2014