This species is known only from the Lago de Las Minas, about 6km southeast of San José Alchichica, Puebla, Mexico. Lago de Las Minas is approximately 1km long by 0.5km wide. It might be found in other similar habitats within the same valley, although this has yet to be determined. Nevertheless, its range is likely to be very restricted. It occurs at approximately 2,324m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is known only from the vegetation (bullrushes) surrounding the eastern shore of Lago de Las Minas, and presumably breeds in the lakes' waters. It is not known if this species can adapt to modified habitats.
This species is known to be quite scarce.
The water-level in the lake has dropped approximately 2m since the 1950s, principally through extensive groundwater pumping for agricultural development. There is also continued deterioration in the quality of habitat surrounding the lake.
The species is not present in any protected areas, and maintenance of the vegetation surrounding the lake should be a priority conservation action. The population status of this species requires careful monitoring.
Red List Status
Critically Endangered (CR)
Listed as Critically Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 100 km2 and its Area Of Occupancy is less than 10km2, all individuals are in a single location, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat around Lago de Las Minas, Puebla, Mexico.
Georgina Santos-Barrera 2004. Lithobates chichicuahutla. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58574A11805458. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58574A11805458.en .Downloaded on 10 December 2018