This species occurs on the Pacific slope of the Sierra Madre del Sur de Guerrero at the Río Atoyac drainage, in the northern areas of Puerto del Gallo, Mexico. It occurs from 765-2,800m asl, although this upper limit is uncertain.
Habitat and Ecology
It it a terrestrial species that lives in tropical semi-deciduous forest and premontane cloud forest, but can also survive in shaded coffee plantations. The species was associated with red bananas, although this is perhaps a habitat where it was easiest to locate. The type series was found in bromeliads in forest and in leaf-litter in coffee plantations. This species reproduces by direct development.
It has not been collected since it was first described, but it was fairly common when first found.
Because the species persists in highly modified habitat (e.g., red bananas in regions of shade grown coffee), the conversion to yellow bananas is the greatest known threat to the species.
Because more than 20 years have passed since it was discovered, a survey is needed to evaluate the status of this species and its habitats in the Filo de Caballos-Atoyac area. This species is protected by Mexican law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr).
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened because its relatively small range (<5,000 km2) has been deforested in the past and the remaining artificial habitat (red bananas) is being replaced by yellow bananas, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.
Gabriela Parra-Olea, David Wake, Ted Papenfuss 2008. Bolitoglossa hermosa. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59168A11892551. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T59168A11892551.en