Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Gymnophiona Dermophiidae

Scientific Name: Dermophis gracilior
Species Authority: Günther, 1902
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2015. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. New York, USA. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: This species was removed from the synonymy of Dermophis mexicanus by Savage and Wake (2001).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Solís, F., Ibáñez, R., Chaves, G., Savage, J., Jaramillo, C., Fuenmayor, Q., Wilkinson, M. & Bolaños, F.
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N., Chanson, J.S., Cox, N.A. & Young, B.E.
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainties as to its taxonomic status, extent of occurrence and ecological requirements.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Data Deficient (DD)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from the Pacific versant of the Cordillera de Talamanca in Panama and Costa Rica at altitudes of 404-2,000m asl, and has also been recorded from the central Pacific area of Costa Rica (Gerardo Chaves pers. comm.).
Countries occurrence:
Costa Rica; Panama
Lower elevation limit (metres): 404
Upper elevation limit (metres): 2000
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Population [top]

Population: There is no information on its population status; it is known only from three specimens.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is a subterranean species that inhabits humid lowland, premontane and montane forest. It is presumed to be viviparous, like other species of Dermophis.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The extent to which deforestation is a threat to this species is unknown, although some general habitat loss is known to be occurring in parts of its range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been found at the Estación Biológica Las Cruces (Costa Rica) and in Parque Internacional La Amistad (Panama).

Citation: Solís, F., Ibáñez, R., Chaves, G., Savage, J., Jaramillo, C., Fuenmayor, Q., Wilkinson, M. & Bolaños, F. 2008. Dermophis gracilior. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59544A11961278. . Downloaded on 05 October 2015.
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