Chiropterotriton mosaueri


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Chiropterotriton mosaueri
Species Authority: (Woodall, 1941)
Common Name(s):
English Cave Splayfoot Salmander

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Gabriela Parra-Olea, David Wake, Mario García-París
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Data Deficient because the location of the only known collection locality is unclear.
2004 Critically Endangered

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from a cave near Durango town, in northern Hidalgo, Mexico, at 2,160 m asl. However, the exact location of the cave has not been recorded, and the range map shows the approximate area of collection.
Mexico (Hidalgo)
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Population [top]

Population: It has not been seen since it was first described, despite subsequent cave searches in the region where it was first found.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a crevice-dweller that apparently requires humid caverns in pine-oak forest in order to survive. It breeds by direct development and is terrestrial.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The forest habitat surrounding the caves is under severe pressure from expanding agriculture, and from wood extraction. Like Chiropterotriton magnipes, this species might have disappeared due to the drying of its caves following the removal of forest.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The type locality is on the edge of the Parque Nacional Los Mármoles, but it is not certain that the species still occurs here, or anywhere else, and additional survey work is required to ascertain whether or not this species survives in the wild. It is protected by Mexican law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr).

Citation: Gabriela Parra-Olea, David Wake, Mario García-París 2008. Chiropterotriton mosaueri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 31 March 2015.
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