This species is only known from the type locality near La Ola, Guerrero in western Sierra Madre del Sur, at 1,910 m asl (Campbell et al. 2013). It could be limited to the area around La Ola or, at least, the immediate region in western Guerrero as intensive surveys to the east near Omilteme and along Atoyac-Puerto del Gallo-Milpillas transect have not located this species (Campbell et al. 2013). Its EOO is 10 km².
Habitat and Ecology
This species has been found in Pacific-versant pine-oak forest, with the holotype found under a log (Campbell et al. 2013). Many of the surrounding hillsides have been cleared, however small to moderate-sized patches of forest remain (Campbell et al. 2013). It is assumed to breed by direct development, similar to other species in the genus (Campbell et al. 2013).
It is only known from one specimen (Campbell et al. 2013). Due to ongoing decline in the extent and quality of habitat, the population is suspected to be decreasing.
The main threat for this species is habitat loss, fragmentation and deterioration due to the high rates of forests conversion to agriculture and pasture lands, and due to over-grazing rates by cattle (Botello et al. 2015).
This species has not been recorded in any protected areas.
The conservation and restoration of the species habitat is needed.
Research is needed on its population size and trends, and life history and ecology.
Red List Status
Critically Endangered (CR)
This salamander is listed as Critically Endangered because its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 10 km², it occurs in one threat-defined location, and there is a ongoing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in Guerrero.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Pseudoeurycea kuautli. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T78576297A86256154. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-2.RLTS.T78576297A86256154.en .Downloaded on 18 November 2018