Dermophis costaricensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Dermophis costaricensis
Species Authority: Taylor, 1955
Taxonomic Notes: This species was recently resurrected from synonymy of Dermophis mexicanus by Savage and Wake (2001). Its taxonomic status is unclear.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor/s: Federico Bolaños, Marvalee Wake, Mark Wilkinson
Reviewer/s: Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainties as to its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs on the premontane Atlantic slopes of Costa Rica at altitudes of 1,000-1,300m asl. It is known from the Tilarán, Central and Talamanca Cordilleras.
Costa Rica
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Population [top]

Population: There are no data on its population status. Due to its subterranean habits, this species is rarely seen.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is subterranean, and is usually found under logs and surface debris in premontane rainforest. This is a viviparous species.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The extent to which deforestation is a threat to the species is unknown.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo and Parque Nacional Tapantí in Costa Rica, and it is in need of taxonomic review (Mark Wilkinson pers. comm.).
Citation: Federico Bolaños, Marvalee Wake, Mark Wilkinson 2004. Dermophis costaricensis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 20 April 2014.
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