Cryptotriton nasalis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Cryptotriton nasalis
Species Authority: (Dunn, 1924)
Common Name(s):
English Cortes Salamander
Chiropterotriton nasalis (Dunn, 1924)
Nototriton nasalis (Dunn, 1924)
Oedipus nasalis Dunn, 1924
Taxonomic Notes: Cryptotriton wakei from Guatemala might be conspecific with this species (D. Wake pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2008-12-29
Assessor(s): Gustavo Cruz, Larry David Wilson, Randy McCranie, Franklin Castañeda
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, all individuals are in fewer than five locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in northwestern Honduras.
2008 Endangered

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs at middle and high elevations in Parque Nacional El Cusuco, in the Sierra de Omoa in Cortés Department, in extreme north-western Honduras. Its altitudinal range is 1,220-2,200m asl. It probably also occurs in nearby eastern Guatemala, although these records might involve Cryptotriton wakei.
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Population [top]

Population: It is a reasonably common species. It was recorded from Parque Nacional El Cusuco in 2004-2006 (Franklin Castañeda pers. comm. 2007, Townsend et al., 2006).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives in pre-montane and lower montane wet forest and cloud forest, and is able to withstand some habitat degradation, providing this is not severe. It is an arboreal species, living in bromeliads. Breeding takes place by direct development.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threat is forest loss due to expanding subsistence agriculture, in particular the creation of coffee farms. It might also be adversely affected by prolonged periods of drought.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in Parque Nacional El Cusuco.

Citation: Gustavo Cruz, Larry David Wilson, Randy McCranie, Franklin Castañeda 2010. Cryptotriton nasalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <>. Downloaded on 22 October 2014.
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