Aquiloeurycea scandens

Subgenus: Isthmura
family: Plethodontidae
subfamily: Hemidactyliinae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Vulnerable (VU)
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 caves in the Reserve de la Biósfera El Cielo in Tamaulipas in north-eastern Mexico, at about 1,050-1,800m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It is a cave-dwelling species. It breeds by direct development and is not dependent upon water.


It was formerly fairly common. It was last seen in the mid-1980s, and one search in the late 1990s did not locate it. It is not known whether or not it has declined, or whether or not the lack of records is a reflection of the lack of observer effort.

Population Trend


Major Threats

This species would be at risk if there is disturbance of its cave micro-habitat, where it presumably relies on high humidity levels. However, the area where it occurs is currently well protected.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in the Reserve de la Biósfera Rancho El Cielo which is quite well protected. There is a need for close monitoring of the population status of this species. This species is protected by Mexican law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr).

Red List Status

Vulnerable (VU)


Parra-Olea, G. & Wake, D. 2008. Pseudoeurycea scandens. In: IUCN 2014


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