Pseudoeurycea bellii


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Pseudoeurycea bellii
Species Authority: (Gray, 1850)
Common Name(s):
English Bell's False Brook Salamander
Taxonomic Notes: Pseudoeurycea boneti has recently been resurrected from synonymy with P. bellii (Parra-Olea et al. 2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A2ace ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2008-12-21
Assessor(s): Gabriela Parra-Olea, David Wake, James Hanken, Paulino Ponce-Campos
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Vulnerable because of a recent population decline, estimated to be more than 30%, inferred from reduced observations of mature individuals, shrinkage in distribution, and habitat destruction and degradation.
2008 Vulnerable (IUCN 2008)
2008 Vulnerable
2004 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species' main distribution is along the western and southern margins of the Mexican plateau, with numerous isolated populations from the border area of central Sonora and Chihuahua, and from central Tamaulipas, to the mountains of central Guerrero. Its altitudinal range is 750-3,300m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: It was once common at numerous localities, but has become increasingly rare, and has disappeared from many places from which it was formerly known. It was the most common salamander species encountered at the Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra Gorda in Querétaro (Gillingwater and Patrikeev, 2004).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species inhabits pine and pine-oak forests at high elevation, as well as forest edges and grazed areas. It also occurs in degraded forest, coffee plantations, rural gardens, and very close to urbanized and highly disturbed areas. It is terrestrial, commonly found beneath logs, rocks, waste timber, brush piles and within leaf litter. It reproduces by direct development.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The cause of its decline is unclear. Forest clearance for farming, urbanization and wood extraction are taking place in many parts of its range, but these do not seem to explain the level of decline that has been observed.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in many protected areas. This species is listed as "Threatened" (Amenazada) by the Mexican government.

Citation: Gabriela Parra-Olea, David Wake, James Hanken, Paulino Ponce-Campos 2010. Pseudoeurycea bellii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 28 March 2015.
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