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Common name
Lesser Antillean Whistling Frog (English)
Similar species
Eleutherodactylus planirostris, the greenhouse frog, is a small anuran native to the Caribbean, which has invaded non-native Caribbean locations, the United States, and Mexico. Human-mediated dispersal through plants that are transported by nursery trade is the most common dispersal agent of this species to non-native area. High vagility in this capacity provides the greenhouse frog with increased opportunity to disperse to non-native areas far from its center of distribution.

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Compiler: Comité français de l'UICN (IUCN French Committee) & IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG)


Publication date: 2010-10-04

Recommended citation: Global Invasive Species Database (2024) Species profile: Eleutherodactylus johnstonei. Downloaded from http://www.iucngisd.org/gisd/speciesname/Eleutherodactylus+johnstonei on 22-06-2024.

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Red List assessed species 5: CR = 1; EN = 3; NT = 1;
[2] Competition
[2] Environmental Ecosystem - Habitat
  • [2] Reduction in native biodiversity
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10 references found for Eleutherodactylus johnstonei

Management information
Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)., 2008. Decision support tools-Identifying potentially invasive non-native marine and freshwater species: fish, invertebrates, amphibians.
Summary: The electronic tool kits made available on the Cefas page for free download are Crown Copyright (2007-2008). As such, these are freeware and may be freely distributed provided this notice is retained. No warranty, expressed or implied, is made and users should satisfy themselves as to the applicability of the results in any given circumstance. Toolkits available include 1) FISK- Freshwater Fish Invasiveness Scoring Kit (English and Spanish language version); 2) MFISK- Marine Fish Invasiveness Scoring Kit; 3) MI-ISK- Marine invertebrate Invasiveness Scoring Kit; 4) FI-ISK- Freshwater Invertebrate Invasiveness Scoring Kit and AmphISK- Amphibian Invasiveness Scoring Kit. These tool kits were developed by Cefas, with new VisualBasic and computational programming by Lorenzo Vilizzi, David Cooper, Andy South and Gordon H. Copp, based on VisualBasic code in the original Weed Risk Assessment (WRA) tool kit of P.C. Pheloung, P.A. Williams & S.R. Halloy (1999).
The decision support tools are available from: http://cefas.defra.gov.uk/our-science/ecosystems-and-biodiversity/non-native-species/decision-support-tools.aspx [Accessed 13 October 2011]
The guidance document is available from http://www.cefas.co.uk/media/118009/fisk_guide_v2.pdf [Accessed 13 January 2009].
Varnham, K. 2006. Non-native species in UK Overseas Territories: a review. JNCC Report 372. Peterborough: United Kingdom.
Summary: This database compiles information on alien species from British Overseas Territories.
Available from: http://www.jncc.gov.uk/page-3660 [Accessed 10 November 2009]
General information
Breuil, M. 2002. Histoire naturelle des Amphibiens et des Reptiles terrestres de l archipel Guadeloup�en. In Patrimoines Naturels, MNHN, Paris.
Summary: Ce livre propose une synth�se sur les amphibiens et reptiles terrestres de l archipel Guadeloup�en. Six esp�ces d anoures, 5 de tortues, 21 de l�zards dont 4 �teintes et 7 de serpents sont d�taill�es.
Breuil, M. & Ib�n�, B. 2004. Les Hylides invasifs dans les Antilles fran�aises et le peuplement batrachologique naturel. Bull. Soc. Herpetol. Fr, 10 p.
Summary: Synth�se des introductions d hylides (rainettes) dans les Antilles fran�aises. Trois esp�ces exotiques et envahissantes sont inventori�es.
Hedges, B., Ib�n�, B., Breuil, M. & Powell, R. 2004a. Eleutherodactylus martinicensis. In: IUCN 2007. 2007 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Summary: Available from: http://www.iucnredlist.org/search/details.php/56747/all [Accessed March 25 2008]
Hedges, B., Ib�n�, B., Breuil, M. & Powell, R. 2004b. Eleutherodactylus pinchoni. In: IUCN 2007. 2007 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Summary: Available from: http://www.iucnredlist.org/search/details.php/56860/all [Accessed March 25 2008]
ITIS (Integrated Taxonomic Information System), 2008. Online Database Eleutherodactylus johnstonei Barbour, 1914
Summary: An online database that provides taxonomic information, common names, synonyms and geographical jurisdiction of a species. In addition links are provided to retrieve biological records and collection information from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Data Portal and bioscience articles from BioOne journals.
Available from: http://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=183784 [Accessed 12 March 2008]
IUCN, Conservation International, and NatureServe. 2006. Global Amphibian Assessment. Downloaded on 4 May 2006.
Summary: The Global Amphibian Assessment (GAA) is the first-ever comprehensive assessment of the conservation status of the world s 5,918 known species of frogs, toads, salamanders, and caecilians. This website presents results of the assessments, including IUCN Red List threat category, range map, ecology information, and other data for every amphibian species.
Available from: http://www.globalamphibians.org/ [Accessed 5 November 2006].
Lorvelec, O., Pascal., M., Pavis, C., Feldmann, P. 2007. Amphibians and reptiles of the French West Indies : Inventory, threats and conservation. Applied Herpetology 4, 131-161
Summary: Cet article fait le point des connaissances sur les amphibiens et les reptiles indig�nes et introduits des Antilles fran�aises. Les impacts des esp�ces introduites sur la faune indig�ne sont discut�s. Le cas de la conservation des populations d Iguana delicatissima sur l�le de Petite-Terre est pr�sent�
Mus�um national d Histoire naturelle [Ed]. 2003-2006 . Eleutherodactylus johnstonei Inventaire national du Patrimoine naturel
Summary: Base de donn�es en ligne sur le patrimoine naturel fran�ais.
Available from: http://inpn.mnhn.fr/isb/servlet/ISBServlet?action=Espece&typeAction=10&pageReturn=ficheEspeceDescription.jsp&numero_taxon=350749 [Accessed 8 April 2008]
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Eleutherodactylus johnstonei
Lesser Antillean Whistling Frog
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MC (Minimal Concern)
Justification for EICAT assessment

Leptospires were found in blood and tissue samples collected form E. johnstonei from Barbados. Although evidence for transmission scant and it is not know if frogs function as disease reservoirs, this species does harbour the parasites repsonsible for Leptospirosis (Everard et al. 1990).
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Leptospires were found in blood and tissue samples collected form E. johnstonei from Barbados. Although evidence for transmission scant and it is not known if frogs function as disease reservoirs, this species does harbour the parasites repsonsible for Leptospirosis.
Nitya Prakash Mohanty; James Baxter-Gilbert; John Measey; Sarah J. Davies
Sabrina Kumschick; Mohlamatsane Mokhatla; Corey Thorp; Alexander D. Rebelo; Giovanni Vimercati; F. André de Villiers; Carla Wagener; Khensani Nkuna
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Recommended citation
Nitya Prakash Mohanty, James Baxter-Gilbert, John Measey, Sarah J. Davies (2024). Eleutherodactylus johnstonei. IUCN Environmental Impact Classification for Alien Taxa (EICAT).