This species occurs from north-western Hidalgo to the south and west to northern Puebla, Mexico. It is found from 2,000-2,300m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is specifically associated with epiphytic vegetation (bromeliads) in cloud and evergreen montane forest, and breeds in streams.
This species is relatively common within its restricted range.
The rapid rate of deforestation of the cloud and montane forests of Mexico is the main cause of the decline of this species and others. The disappearance of the forest results in the disappearance of streams and other water reservoirs where the species breeds. Chytridiomycosis is also a threat, as it is a high-elevation stream dweller, and declines due to the disease have already been detected amongst other species of this genus elsewhere.
Urgent protection of the cloud and montane forest habitat of this species is required. An assessment of the population status of this species needs to be undertaken, particularly to determine whether chytrid poses a threat. This species is listed as "Threatened" (Amenazada) by the Mexican government.
This species was previously included in the genus Hyla but has recently been moved to the genus Plectrohyla (Faivovich et al. 2005).
Georgina Santos-Barrera, Luis Canseco-Márquez 2004. Plectrohyla charadricola. In: IUCN 2014