This species occurs in extreme south-eastern Guatemala, northern and central El Salvador, and south-western to south-central Honduras, from 1,440-2,050m asl. It probably occurs more widely than current records suggest.
Habitat and Ecology
This stream-breeding species lives on low vegetation along streams in premontane to lower montane moist forest. It is tolerant of some habitat disturbance; however, it requires some woody vegetation, such as trees along streams in pastureland.
It is relatively common.
The main threats are habitat loss due to expanding agriculture, creation of pasturelands, and forest fires. Chytridiomycosis is also a major threat, and declines due to the disease have already been detected amongst species of this genus in Guatemala (Mendelson et al. 2004), and similar declines have also been observed in Honduras.
It occurs in protected areas in all three countries. Given the risk of chytridiomycosis, there may be a need to establish a captive-breeding programme for this species.
Gustavo Cruz, Larry David Wilson, Randy McCranie, Gunther Köhler, Manuel Acevedo, Joseph Mendelson III 2006. Ptychohyla salvadorensis. In: IUCN 2014