Nototriton tapanti 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Caudata Plethodontidae

Scientific Name: Nototriton tapanti
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. The species is poorly known, and it is plausible that it is restricted to the Orosi River Valley. Further surveys within the area are needed to confirm the distribution and threats to the species. If the species is found to have a restricted range the species may qualify as Critically Endangered because of ongoing habitat loss.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Vulnerable (VU)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from the type locality in the Orosi River Valley at the north end of the Cordillera de Talamanca in Costa Rica, at 1,300m asl. It might occur more widely.
Countries occurrence:
Costa Rica
Number of Locations: 1
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1300
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1300
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Population [top]

Population: Only one specimen is known.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It was found in leaf-litter in premontane rainforest. This species presumably breeds by direct development.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threat to it is forest clearance for cattle ranching. A hotel has been built on the site of the type locality, however there is apparently suitable habitat remaining in the area (Federico Bolaños pers. comm.).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The only known locality for this species is close to Parque Nacional Tapantí, in which this species might occur (although it has not so far been discovered there, despite being searched for).

Citation: Bolaños, F., Wake, D. & Savage, J. 2008. Nototriton tapanti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59303A11909783. . Downloaded on 01 December 2015.
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