This species is known only from the mountainous regions of south-eastern Guatemala, from 1,000-2,290m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species lives in cloud forests and also in coffee plantations shaded by bananas. It tends to be arboreal, occurring under bark and in bromeliads, and it breeds by direct development.
It can be locally common. It was still found to be a locally common species in 2007 (Ted Papenfuss pers.c omm. 2007).
This species is threatened by changes in agricultural practices since although it can persist in shade-grown coffee plantations, it cannot survive in more open areas (which tend to lose humidity and become too dry), and there is now a tendency to halt coffee farming in favour of other agricultural activities, most of which are resulting in more open situations unsuitable for this species.
It occurs in Biotopo del Quetzal, the Reserva de la Biósfera Sierra de las Minas and several private reserves.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened because its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 20,000 km2, but the species is reasonably common and adaptable and survives in some agricultural habitats.
Acevedo, M., Wake, D., Papenfuss, T., Rovito, S. & Vasquez, C. 2008. Bolitoglossa helmrichi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59167A11881215. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T59167A11881215.en