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.
Although it has never been common, it used to be seen regularly. However, the species has not been located in recent years, despite searches.
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.
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).
Red List Status
Critically Endangered (CR)
Listed as Critically Endangered because its Area of Occupancy is probably less than 10 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent of its habitat, and in the number of mature individuals, in San Luis Potosi and Queretaro, Mexico.
Gabriela Parra-Olea, David Wake, James Hanken 2008. Chiropterotriton magnipes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59227A11902728. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T59227A11902728.en