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Chiropterotriton magnipes
family: Plethodontidae
subfamily: Hemidactyliinae

© 1982 David Wake (1 of 26)

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Mexico

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Critically Endangered (CR)
See IUCN account.
CITES
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

   

From the IUCN Red List Species Account:

 

Range Description

This species is known only from south-eastern San Luis Potosi and eastern Queretaro, Mexico, at around 2,400m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It lives in caves and crevices in pine-oak forest, and has also been found in a tunnel under a church. It is terrestrial and breeds by direct development.

Population

Although it has never been common, it used to be seen regularly. However, the species has not been located in recent years, despite searches.

Population Trend

Decreasing

Major Threats

The removal of the forest habitat from above the caves has caused the caves to dry out, resulting in the apparent disappearance of this species.

Conservation Actions

It is not known from any protected area. A survey is needed to evaluate the status of this species, and protection of the original habitat (both of the caves and the surrounding forest) is urgent. This species is protected by Mexican law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr).

Citation

Gabriela Parra-Olea, David Wake, James Hanken 2008. Chiropterotriton magnipes. In: IUCN 2014

 

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