Dermophis costaricense
family: Dermophiidae

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Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Costa Rica

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
See IUCN account.
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None


From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


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.

Habitat and Ecology

It is subterranean, and is usually found under logs and surface debris in premontane rainforest. This is a viviparous species.


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

Population Trend


Major Threats

The extent to which deforestation is a threat to the species is unknown.

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.).

Taxonomic Notes

This species was recently resurrected from synonymy of Dermophis mexicanus by Savage and Wake (2001). Its taxonomic status is unclear.


Bolaños, F., Wake, M. & Wilkinson, M. 2008. Dermophis costaricense. In: IUCN 2014


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