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Eleutherodactylus hedricki
Hedrick's coqui
Subgenus: Eleutherodactylus
family: Eleutherodactylidae
subfamily: Eleutherodactylinae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Endangered (EN)
CITES No CITES Listing
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

 

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Description
This species measures in average 35 mm. It is dark dorsally, sometimes with an inverted parenthesis. It can also be identified because it has a constriction behind the head, short and rounded snout. Males have a dark throat (Rivero 1998) .

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Puerto Rico

 

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This species is found in high elevation forests. It calls from and lays eggs in cavities in trees, (Rivero, 1963) so old trees can be a limiting factor in its distribution.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The call is a series of loud pings, that sound like hitting an anvil (Rivero, 1998). It is not abundant where it is found, but no population has dissapeared recently (Villanueva-Rivera, pers obs).

Trends and Threats
While the species can be found in many protected areas, the latest IUCN assessment states that chytridiomycosis is the leading cause of decline in this species. A call for ex-situ population development has been called for (Angulo 2008).

Possible reasons for amphibian decline

Disease
Climate change, increased UVB or increased sensitivity to it, etc.

References

Ariadne Angulo 2008. Eleutherodactylus hedricki. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. Downloaded on 24 July 2013.

Rivero, J. A. (1963). ''Eleutherodactylus hedricki, a new species of frog from Puerto Rico (Salienta, Leptodactylidae).'' Breviora, 185, 1-7.

Rivero, J.A. (1998). Los Anfibios y Reptiles de Puerto Rico. University of Puerto Rico Press



Written by Luis J. Villanueva-Rivera (ljvillanueva AT coquipr.com), University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
First submitted 2005-02-28
Edited by Tate Tunstall; updated by Ann T. Chang (2013-07-24)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2013 Eleutherodactylus hedricki: Hedrick's coqui <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/2961> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Oct 22, 2017.



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