Bolitoglossa platydactyla 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Caudata Plethodontidae

Scientific Name: Bolitoglossa platydactyla (Gray, 1831)
Common Name(s):
English Broadfoot Mushroomtongue Salamander, Broad-footed Salamander
Spanish Achoque De Tierra
Geotriton carbonarius Cope, 1861
Oedipus carbonarius (Cope, 1861)
Oedipus platydactylus (Gray, 1831)
Oedipus variegatus (Gray, 1831)
Salamandra platydactylus Gray, 1831
Salamandra variegata Gray, 1831
Spelerpes variegatus (Gray, 1831)
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2015. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. New York, USA. Available at:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Parra-Olea, G. & Wake, D.
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N., Chanson, J.S., Cox, N.A. & Young, B.E.
Listed as Near Threatened because this species is probably in significant decline (but probably at a rate of less than 30% over ten years) because of widespread habitat loss through much of its range, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species ranges widely from southern San Luis Potosi southward through southern Veracruz to north-western Chiapas, Mexico, where it occurs below 1,100m asl.
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Population [top]

Population:It was formerly quite common, but is now hard to find.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It lives in tropical forests and savannahs, and can survive in modified habitats such as cities, farmland, banana plantations and areas of coffee cultivation. Breeding is by direct development.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although it is generally adaptable, the transformation of the landscape into very open habitats probably causes a general drying of microhabitats to the detriment of this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in several protected areas and is protected by Mexican law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr).

Citation: Parra-Olea, G. & Wake, D. 2008. Bolitoglossa platydactyla. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59196A11885995. . Downloaded on 22 May 2018.
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