This species is known from caves in El Cielo Biosphere Reserve, and from 22 km southeast of Tula on the road to Ocampo and the Puerto de Purificación area in the mountains northwest of Ciudad Victoria (S. Rovito pers. comm. Red List Assessment Workshop 2014), between 1,050-1,800 m asl. Its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 3,991 km2 and its area of occupancy (AOO) is 1,053 km2.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a cave-dwelling species, and it can also be found outside of caves in the cloud forest or oak forest (S. Rovito pers. comm. Red List Assessment Workshop 2014). It breeds by direct development and is not dependent upon water.
The species was not seen since the mid-1980s and one search in the late 1990s failed to locate it. In 2010, the species was found to be quite common in the El Cielo Biosphere Reserve, especially in caves, and also was found with minimal search effort near Tula and at Puerto Purificación (S. Rovito pers. comm. Red List Assessment Workshop 2014). The population is believed to be stable.
This species would be at risk if there were a disturbance to its cave micro-habitat, where it presumably relies on high humidity levels. However, the area where it occurs is currently well protected.
This species occurs in Rancho El Cielo Biosphere Reserve which is quite well protected. It is protected by Mexican law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr).
There is a need for monitoring of the population status of this species.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern because currently its population is stable, and there are no threats to its habitat which is well protected.
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 scandens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T59396A53984265. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T59396A53984265.en