Bolitoglossa gracilis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Caudata Plethodontidae

Scientific Name: Bolitoglossa gracilis Bolaños, Robinson & Wake, 1987
Common Name(s):
English Rio Quiri Salamander
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2013. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 5.6 (9 January 2013). Electronic Database. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Available at:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Bolaños, F., Wake, D. & Savage, J.
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N., Chanson, J.S., Cox, N.A. & Young, B.E.
Listed as Vulnerable because it is known from only a single location.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known only from two sites in the vicinity of Tapantí, Cartago Province, central Costa Rica, at 1,225-1,280m asl (Savage 2002).
Countries occurrence:
Costa Rica
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1225
Upper elevation limit (metres):1280
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Population [top]

Population:There is very little information on its population status, but it is probably very rare.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It lives in premontane rainforest and does not appear to be able to adapt to secondary habitats. One individual was collected from a moss mat 10cm above the ground on a tree (Savage 2002). It breeds by direct development and is not dependent upon water.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The habitat outside the Parque Nacional Tapantí has been lost to large-scale coffee plantations; the remaining habitat in the park is relatively secure.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: One of the sites where this species has been collected is now protected in Parque Nacional Tapantí. All suitable habitat has been lost at the type locality (Río Quirí).

Citation: Bolaños, F., Wake, D. & Savage, J. 2008. Bolitoglossa gracilis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59164A11880765. . Downloaded on 24 May 2018.
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