This species ranges from the Pacific slopes of southern Chiapas, Mexico, to south-western Guatemala, from sea level to 700m asl. It is likely to occur more widely in Guatemala than has so far been recorded, but still appears to have a relatively limited range.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in subtropical lowland areas of mixed forest, and also in banana plantations and the edges of cane fields in riparian areas. Breeding is by direct development.
It is not uncommon, but has probably declined through habitat loss.
This species is threatened by habitat loss arising from increasing urbanization, settlement by refugees, and expanding agricultural cultivation and livestock gazing. Although it is tolerant of modified habitats, the level of habitat disturbance is extremely severe throughout most of its range, and it probably cannot survive in very open areas.
A survey to evaluate the population status of this species is required.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
Parra-Olea, G., Wake, D., Acevedo, M. & Papenfuss, T. 2008. Bolitoglossa flaviventris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59162A11880057. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T59162A11880057.en