Eleutherodactylus jasperi NatureServe Explorer Species Reports — NatureServe Explorer is a source for authoritative conservation information on more than 50,000 plants, animals and ecological communtities of the U.S and Canada. NatureServe Explorer provides in-depth information on rare and endangered species, but includes common plants and animals too. NatureServe Explorer is a product of NatureServe in collaboration with the Natural Heritage Network.
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FWS Digital Media Library — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Digital Library is a searchable collection of selected images, historical artifacts, audio clips, publications, and video. Eleutherodactylus jasperi is a relatively small, possibly extinct, frog with adults reaching 22.4 mm in snout-vent length. Males and females are the same size. This frog has a bluntly rounded snout that is almost truncate when viewed from above, and an indistinct canthus rostralis. The tympanum is indistinct. Researchers have suggested the fungal disease chytridiomycosis, in combination with climate change, as a likely cause of the species’ decline. However, since no direct link has been found, and not all species are affected by the fungus, the causes for the decline are still not clear. Habitat loss to homes and agriculture is the major ongoing threat. The areas where the species was discovered have been deforested. These factors, in combination with the species’ low reproductive rate, limited dispersal ability, narrow geographic range, and obligate bromeliad-dwelling existence, may be responsible for the species’ precarious existence, if not its outright extinction. The species’ range includes privately owned land and one protected area, the Carite Forest Reserve. Additional surveys are required to determine if golden coquís survive.