Lemur leaf frog

Agalychnis lemurAgalychnis lemur – Lemur leaf frog

IUCN redlist status: Critically Endangered

Panama National Amphibian Conservation Action Plan: High Priority

hylomantis_lemurThis species occurs in Costa Rica and Panama and Colombia. It is a nocturnal tree frog associated with humid lowland and montane primary forest. The eggs are laid on leaves and larvae drop into ponds when they hatch.

Status in the wild: This species was once common but has declined significantly throughout its range and is considered extinct in several sites where it formerly occurred. It is thought to be highly susceptible to chytridiomycosis.  This species is listed as a high priority for conservation in Panama’s National Amphibian Conservation Action Plan.

12666419165_f7038eab93_zStatus in captivity: A partial founding population of this species has been established for this species in the El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center. A successful captive breeding program began in 2001 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, which has since transferred individuals to 19 US zoos that continue these captive breeding efforts in the US.