FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 11, 1997

Diana M. Hawkins or

Vicki M. Boatwright



U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE DESIGNATES

THE FROG GUAJ N AS THREATENED

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated the frog guajón as threatened on the Federal list of threatened and endangered species. This frog is found on the Island of Puerto Rico. The Service's Southeast Regional Director, Noreen K. Clough, said that no critical habitat will be designated for the species.

The guajón is a unique and relatively large species of tropical frog, reaching 3 5/16 inches in length. It is solid brown in color and has unusually large, white-rimmed eyes. The voice of the guajón is low and melodious.

This species is known only from the Pandura Mountain range in the extreme southeastern part of Puerto Rico. The guajón is not only limited in range, but its habitat is also restricted to rocky crevices and grottos. Its name, guajón, is derived from the Spanish, guajónales, meaning "large rock formation."

Threats to this species include deforestation, conversion of lands for agricultural or residential use, road construction, and the proposed construction of a reservoir. The Service plans to assist appropriate agencies and private landowners involved in the development of roads or the reservoir to avoid or minimize adverse effects to the species and ensure its conservation.

The Endangered Species Act defines a threatened species as one likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future, while an endangered species is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range.

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Release #R97-53


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