FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Diana M. Hawkins October 2, 1995 U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE SEEKS INFORMATION ON ON THE FROG GUAJON
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comments on a proposal to list the frog guajĒn (Eleutherodactylus cooki) as threatened on the Federal list of threatened and endangered species. This frog is found only on the island of Puerto Rico and according to the Service's Southeast Regional Director, Noreen K. Clough, no critical habitat will be proposed for this species.
The guajĒn is a relatively large species of tropical frog, reaching more than 3 inches in length. Its color is solid brown and its large white-rimmed eyes give this frog a phantom-like appearance. The voice of the guajĒn is low and melodious.
This species is known only from the Pandura Mountain range in the extreme southeastern part of Puerto Rico. The guajĒn is not only limited in range, but its habitat is also restricted to rocky crevices and grottos; hence its name, guajĒn, which is derived from the Spanish word, guajonales, which means "large rock formation." Among the threats to this species are fire, deforestation, conversion of lands for agricultural or residential use, road construction, and the construction of a reservoir.
The Endangered Species Act defines a species as endangered when it is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range and a species as threatened when it is likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range.
Comments from the public on the proposal should be submitted to the Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Caribbean Field Office, P.O. Box 491, BoquerĒn, Puerto Rico 00622.
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