Monte Iberia Dwarf frog (Eleutherodactylus iberia)
Mohamed bin Zayed Species project number 13056409
Cuba is an island situated in the Caribbean Sea, is the largest land mass in this area making up nearly one-half of the total area of the Antillean islands. Cuba harbors a spectacular amphibian fauna (66 species and 95% of endemism), including five of the world smallest frogs, which reach about a centimeter. These species are listed as Critically Endangered (Eleutherodactylus iberia, E. jaumei, E. cubanus, E. orientalis) or Vulnerable (E. limbatus) in the IUCN Red List. Most of these species are local endemics naturally limited to small areas within two mountain ranges in eastern Cuba, living preferably in natural, preserved, moist forests. Despite the vulnerability of these species, few field studies have been made to known their distribution and status in Cuba. That is why this project aims to produce updated information on distribution, abundance and status of these six threatened and few known Cuban frogs. Also, we will make educational materials to contribute to a conservation-oriented education of decision-makers and local residents.
The project includes the next activities:
1-Intensive field expeditions to survey the main habitats and surrounding ecosystems, aimed to document local status and distribution data of the target species.
2-Species distribution modeling and overlaying maps with a map of protected areas to detect coincidences and effectiveness of the protected areas network.
3-Identifying conservation threats and needs, and making general recommendations to diminish or eliminate pressures.
4-Dissemination of results and education of local residents and decision-makers: printing and distributing brochures and posters in human communities and reserves.
- Poster of Eleutherodactylus iberia used in educational and informative activities.
- Poster of Eleutherodactylus cubanus used in educational and informative activities
- Poster of Eleutherodactylus jaumei used in educational and informative activities
- Poster of Eleutherodactylus limbatus used in educational and informative activities
- Poster of Eleutherodactylus orientalis used in educational and informative activities
Project 13056409 location - Cuba, North America