ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT PROFILE

PROTECTION STATUS: Endangered

YEAR PLACED ON LIST: 2002

CRITICAL HABITAT: 6,477 acres designated in 2012

RECOVERY PLAN: None

RANGE: Glen’s Pond, Mike’s Pond, and McCoy’s Pond in Mississippi

THREATS: Habitat destruction and degradation from proposed housing construction, construction and expansion of two highways, a proposed reservoir, drought, pesticides, and disease

POPULATION TREND: Inadequate information is available on the remnant Mississippi population to determine trends, but the species was once believed to occur in nine or 10 counties or parishes in the states of Louisiana (two to three populations), Mississippi (six populations), and Alabama (one population). In 2003, the population had declined to just 100 known frogs breeding in a single, four-acre pond on the DeSoto National Forest in Mississippi. However, in 2004, one calling male was observed at an additional pond and 50 tadpoles were collected from another pond. Still, the most recent surveys suggest there may be fewer than 100 adult frogs remaining.

Photo courtesy USFWS