Cryptotriton monzoni


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Cryptotriton monzoni
Species Authority: (Campbell and Smith, 1998)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor/s: Manuel Acevedo, David Wake, Carlos Vasquez, Sean Rovito
Reviewer/s: Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Critically Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 100 km2, all individuals are in a single location, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in Zacapa, Guatemala.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from the type specimen from near La Unión, Zacapa, Guatemala, at 1,570m asl. It may range a little more widely in nearby areas of cloud forest, although this needs to be confirmed.
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Population [top]

Population: No information is available on population status, but it is presumed to be rare.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It inhabits lower montane moist forest. The type specimen was found in a bromeliad in primary forest three metres above the forest floor. It presumably breeds by direct development and is not dependent upon water.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threat to this species is habitat loss around La Unión as a result of extensive logging and agricultural encroachment. At the known locality, one specimen of Bolitoglossa conanti has been recorded with the chytrid fungus.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species is not known from any protected areas, and protection of the remaining habitat is urgently required. Surveys are needed to establish the current population status of this species.
Citation: Manuel Acevedo, David Wake, Carlos Vasquez, Sean Rovito 2004. Cryptotriton monzoni. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 21 April 2014.
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