Chiropterotriton terrestris


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Chiropterotriton terrestris
Species Authority: (Taylor, 1941)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2008-11-11
Assessor(s): Gabriela Parra-Olea, David Wake, Ted Papenfuss
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
2004 Data Deficient

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from a small area around Tianguistengo in north-eastern Hidalgo, Mexico, at altitudes of 1,640m asl and slightly higher. A record from Querétaro may also pertain to this species (Gillingwater and Patrikeev 2004).
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Population [top]

Population: It can be found but is uncommon.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species inhabits humid pine-oak or cloud forests, living in low vegetation and on the ground. It reproduces by direct development.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threat to this species is widespread deforestation, which is taking place in its only known locality due to expanding agricultural development and the extraction of wood.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: In Hidalgo it occurs on private land, and not in any protected areas. The record from Querétaro is from Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve (Gillingwater and Patrikeev 2004). Protection of the forests in the Husteca region is urgently required. Further research is also needed to clarify its taxonomic status.

Citation: Gabriela Parra-Olea, David Wake, Ted Papenfuss 2010. Chiropterotriton terrestris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <>. Downloaded on 20 August 2014.
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