Aquiloeurycea quetzalanensis
Cuetzalan Salamander; Salamandra de Cuetzalan
Subgenus: Isthmura
family: Plethodontidae
subfamily: Hemidactyliinae
Species Description: Parra-Olea G, Canseco-Marquez L, Garcia-Paris M 2004 A morphologically distinct new species of Pseudoeurycea (Caudata: Plethodontidae) from the Sierra Madre Oriental of Puebla, Mexico. Herpetologica 60:478-484

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

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Mexico


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known only from a narrow altitudinal band of 900-1,400 m asl in the Sierra Madre Oriental, in the municipality of Cuetzalan del Progreso, Zacapoaxtla and Tlatlauquitepec in Puebla State, Mexico. Its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 54 km2.

Habitat and Ecology

It occurs in cloud forest, under a canopy of Liquidambar plants, oaks, and arborescent ferns, as well as in coffee groves. Individuals have been found under moss in rock walls, inside and under rotten logs, under stones and in leaf axils. This species reproduces by direct development.


This species seems to be fairly locally common as it is always found when it is searched for, but not in large numbers. Due to an ongoing decline in the extent and quality of habitat, the population is suspected to be decreasing.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Habitat loss due to agricultural expansion, expanding human settlements and tourist development is a threat to this species.

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species has not been recorded in any protected areas.

Conservation Needed
Habitat protection is needed for this species.

Research Needed
Further research is needed into the severity of threats to this species.

Red List Status

Critically Endangered (CR)


Listed as Critically Endangered because its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 54 km2, it occurs in one threat-defined location, and there is a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.

Taxonomic Notes

This species was previously within the genus Pseudoeurycea but has recently been moved to the genus Aquiloeurycea (Rovito et al. 2015).


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Aquiloeurycea quetzalanensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T61911A53989722. .Downloaded on 17 January 2019


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