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Bolitoglossa longissima

Subgenus: Magnadigita
family: Plethodontidae
subfamily: Hemidactyliinae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Critically Endangered (CR)
CITES
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Honduras

 

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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:

 

Range Description

This species is known only from the Parque Nacional Sierra de Agalta, in the Departamento de Olancho, east-central Honduras, from 1,840-2,240m asl. It may be present in nearby elfin and cloud forest within the same mountain range, however this requires confirmation.

Habitat and Ecology

It lives in lower montane wet forest (cloud and elfin forest) where it can be found in bromeliads near the ground, on low moss-covered branches of trees, and on the ground under moss and leaves. It is not known whether or not it can withstand habitat disturbance. It breeds by direct development.

Population

It is a locally common species in the elfin forest, but is uncommon in cloud forest (Franklin CastaƱeda pers. comm. 2007).

Population Trend

decreasing

Major Threats

The main threats to the species stem from forest fires and extended dry seasons. The fires are generally in the surrounding area, however, these still represent a threat to the species. There is continuing habitat loss in the area, through high pressure for conversion of land to subsistence agricultural use and coffee plantations.

Conservation Actions

Although the species occurs in the Parque Nacional Sierra de Agalta, improved management of this area is required (particularly to control frequent fires).

Red List Status

Critically Endangered (CR)

Rationale

Listed as Critically Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 100 km2, all individuals are in a single location, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in the Sierra de Agalta of Honduras.

Citation

Cruz, G., Wilson, L.D., McCranie, R. & CastaƱeda, F. 2008. Bolitoglossa longissima. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59174A11893694. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T59174A11893694.en

 

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