Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Caudata Plethodontidae

Scientific Name: Nototriton guanacaste
Species Authority: Good & Wake, 1993
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 and is considered to be vulnerable to stochastic events.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Vulnerable (VU)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from the Volcán Orosí and Volcán Cacao, these being the north-western most mountains of the Cordillera de Guanacaste, Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, 1,400-1,580m asl (Savage 2002).
Countries occurrence:
Costa Rica
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1400
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1580
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Population [top]

Population: It is an uncommon species.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is an arboreal species, usually found in moss mats and bromeliads in lower montane forest. It breeds by direct development and is not dependent upon water. There is no indication that the females attend the eggs.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats known, and its habitat is well protected. Nonetheless, its restricted range renders it vulnerable to stochastic threatening processes.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The entire known range of this species is protected in Parque Nacional Guanacaste. There is a need for close monitoring of the population status of this species.

Citation: Bolaños, F., Wake, D. & Savage, J. 2008. Nototriton guanacaste. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59295A11901351. . Downloaded on 14 October 2015.
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