Nototriton lignicola 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Caudata Plethodontidae

Scientific Name: Nototriton lignicola
Species Authority: McCranie & Wilson, 1997
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: Critically Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Cruz, G., Wilson, L.D., McCranie, R. & Castañeda, F.
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N., Chanson, J.S., Cox, N.A. & Young, B.E.
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 on the Cerro de En Medio, Honduras.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Critically Endangered (CR)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from Cerro de En Medio, Department of Olancho, north-central Honduras, at 1,760-1,780m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1760
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1780
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Population [top]

Population: It is generally uncommon, although it can be found in reasonable numbers in suitable habitat.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It has been found inside rotten logs on the floor of lower montane wet forest. It is not known to what extent it can adapt to secondary habitats. It breeds by direct development.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The only remaining habitat of this species is threatened by encroaching coffee cultivation, subsistence agriculture, and livestock.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The only known site is in the Parque Nacional La Muralla, which was declared as a protected area in 1987. However, this area is poorly protected, and habitat loss is continuing. Improved management of this protected area and additional protection of the remaining habitat is urgently needed.

Citation: Cruz, G., Wilson, L.D., McCranie, R. & Castañeda, F. 2008. Nototriton lignicola. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59296A11901587. . Downloaded on 25 November 2015.
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