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.
Habitat loss due to agricultural expansion, expanding human settlements and tourist development is a threat to this species.
This species has not been recorded in any protected areas.
Habitat protection is needed for this species.
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.
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. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T61911A53989722.en