This species is known from a small patch of forest around Tianguistengo in north-eastern Hidalgo, Mexico, from 1,900-2,100m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits humid pine-oak or cloud forests, where it lives in bromeliads and reproduces by direct development.
The species has not been found since the early 1980s, despite recent attempts to locate it.
Since this species is dependent upon bromeliads in trees, the major threat to it is deforestation and fragmentation, which is taking place in its only known locality due to expanding agricultural development and extraction of wood.
This species occurs on private land. It is not found in any protected areas, and protection of the forests in the Husteca region is urgently required. This species is protected by Mexican law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr).
Gabriela Parra-Olea, David Wake, Ted Papenfuss, James Hanken 2008. Chiropterotriton arboreus. In: IUCN 2014