Chiropterotriton arboreus
family: Plethodontidae
subfamily: Hemidactyliinae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Critically Endangered (CR)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Mexico


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known from a small patch of forest around Tianguistengo in north-eastern Hidalgo, Mexico, from 1,900-2,100m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It inhabits humid pine-oak or cloud forests, where it lives in bromeliads and reproduces by direct development.


The species has not been found since the early 1980s, despite recent attempts to locate it.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Since this species is dependent upon bromeliads in trees, the major threat to it is deforestation and fragmentation, which is taking place in its only known locality due to expanding agricultural development and extraction of wood.

Conservation Actions

This species occurs on private land. It is not found in any protected areas, and protection of the forests in the Husteca region is urgently required. This species is protected by Mexican law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr).

Red List Status

Critically Endangered (CR)


Gabriela Parra-Olea, David Wake, Ted Papenfuss, James Hanken 2008. Chiropterotriton arboreus. In: IUCN 2014


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