Thorius lunaris 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Caudata Plethodontidae

Scientific Name: Thorius lunaris Hanken and Wake, 1998

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii,v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Gabriela Parra-Olea, David Wake, James Hanken, Mario García-París
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, and in the number of mature individuals, in central Veracruz, Mexico.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known only from a few localities on the southern and south-eastern flanks of the Volcán Pico de Orizaba, central Veracruz, Mexico, at 2,800-3,200m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):2800
Upper elevation limit (metres):3200
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Population [top]

Population:It was formerly very abundant, but has undergone massive declines and is now very rare.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is a terrestrial species that inhabits pine-oak forest, living under the bark of stumps and fallen logs, in leaf-litter and in piles of wood chips. Specimens from Texmola were collected from within a small patch of pine-oak forest that was surrounded by cleared agricultural fields. It reproduces by direct development.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threat is habitat loss as a result of logging and expanding agriculture.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in Parque Nacional Volcán Pico de Orizaba.

Citation: Gabriela Parra-Olea, David Wake, James Hanken, Mario García-París. 2008. Thorius lunaris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59414A11934656. . Downloaded on 15 August 2018.
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