This species ranges widely from southern San Luis Potosi southward through southern Veracruz to north-western Chiapas, Mexico, where it occurs below 1,100m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in tropical forests and savannahs, and can survive in modified habitats such as cities, farmland, banana plantations and areas of coffee cultivation. Breeding is by direct development.
It was formerly quite common, but is now hard to find.
Although it is generally adaptable, the transformation of the landscape into very open habitats probably causes a general drying of microhabitats to the detriment of this species.
It occurs in several protected areas and is protected by Mexican law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr).
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened because this species is probably in significant decline (but probably at a rate of less than 30% over ten years) because of widespread habitat loss through much of its range, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.
Parra-Olea, G. & Wake, D. 2008. Bolitoglossa platydactyla. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59196A11885995. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T59196A11885995.en