Feb 1

Species name: Copan brook frog

Nominated by: World Land Trust

IUCN Red List classification: Endangered

What is so special about your species?

This striking, little-known amphibian has lime green leopard spots and deep, ruby-red eyes. They are very small, between 3-4cm, and their latin name ‘soralia’ is a Greek word for lichen, reflecting how the green spots resemble the lichens of its habitat.

What are the threats to this species in the wild?

Unfortunately this beautiful, tiny frog is restricted to small fragments of habitat that remain in the mountain rainforests of Caribbean Guatemala and Honduras. Protecting these last remnants of forest from deforestation for agriculture is of high conservation priority for this species and the other endangered, endemic amphibians that can be found in this region. The other major threat facing this species is the infamous fungal disease chytridiomycosis, which is one of the main causes (alongside habitat loss) for the drastic decline of amphibian species worldwide.

What can people do to help your species?

Support World Land Trust’s (WLT) efforts to preserve Caribbean Rainforest habitat in Guatemala for endangered and endemic amphibians. WLT’s partner Fundación Para el Ecodesarrollo y la Conservación (FUNDAECO) protect one of its last remaining forests, Sierra Caral, as part of their Conservation Coast programme.


  • Jonathan Kolby (February 4th, 2018 at 2:08 pm):

    Please vote for this frog! It is 1 of 3 endangered species that my team is work to save from extinction at the HARCC frog rescue center in Honduras! Our goal is to help reverse the devastating decline caused by chytrid fungus. Here’s our story: https://youtu.be/dGvFEMGyn8I

    Help bring awareness to to stunning endangered frog!

    Vote for it now! :)

    Jonathan Kolby, Ph.D.

  • Mr Greer Hart (February 7th, 2018 at 6:47 am):

    The Copan brook frog is a symbol of all the threatened amphibian species, world wide.

    Conservation groups are working with local people all over the tropics, to save pockets of forest which are sanctuaries for these endangered creatures, and hopefully, some day the forests will be allowed to return, and this conservation of a species will provide the wildlife to repopulate the returning forests. We often forget about the small creatures in providing a healthy population of that

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