Technical Agency Draft Recovery Plan for the Guajón Available for Review
April 21, 2004
The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comments on the Technical Agency Draft Recovery Plan for the Guajón or Puerto Rican Demon. This plan describes actions necessary for the conservation of this frog species, establishes criteria for recognizing the recovery levels for downlisting or delisting the species, and estimates the time and cost for implementing the recovery measures needed. The guajón was listed as threatened on June 11, 1997, under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended.
The guajón is one of sixteen species of frogs from the genus Eleutherodactylus, commonly known as "coquíes" that inhabit the island of Puerto Rico, and the second largest species found on the island. Females are larger than males with an average size of 2.01 inches for females and 1.71 inches for males. Females have solid brown coloration on the dorsal area, are uniformly white on the ventral area with white-rimmed eyes, and large, truncate disks on its feet. Males have yellow coloration on the ventral area extending from the vocal sac to the abdomen and flanks. The voice of the guajón is low and melodious.
The guajón is extremely
limited in its geographic distribution. The species inhabits localities
in the "Sierra de Panduras" mountain range, and the municipalities
of Yabucoa, San Lorenzo, Humacao, Las Piedras, and west to Patillas-San
Lorenzo. Named after the habitat it occupies, the guajón occurs
at low and intermediate elevations from 18 to 1,183 feet above sea
level where they inhabit caves formed by large boulders of granite
rock known as "guajonales" or streams with patches of rock
without cave systems.
Copies of the plan can be requested in writing to the Boquerón Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 491, Boquerón, Puerto Rico 00622, or by calling Jorge Saliva at 787/851-7297, or e-mail at Jorge_Saliva@fws.gov. Comments must be received by June 1, 2004.
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