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Chiropterotriton chiropterus
family: Plethodontidae
subfamily: Hemidactyliinae

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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: Mexico

 

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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:

 

Range Description

This species is known only from central Veracruz, near Huatusco, Mexico, at 1,000-1,200m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It lives in bromeliads and moss in cloud forests, and is not found in degraded habitats. It reproduces by direct development.

Population

This species was once abundant, but it has not been found since the early 1980s despite repeated attempts.

Population Trend

decreasing

Major Threats

The main threat to this species is deforestation of its cloud forest habitat.

Conservation Actions

It is protected by Mexican law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr). Considerable doubts remain as to its taxonomic status, and further research is required to resolve this issue.

Red List Status

Critically Endangered (CR)

Rationale

Listed as Critically Endangered because the species is known to have undergone a recent, dramatic reduction in population of greater than 80% and this decline is not fully understood.

Taxonomic Notes

The type specimen has been lost. In the past the species name has been applied to populations of Chiropterotriton in southern Mexico that are no longer assigned to this species.

Citation

Gabriela Parra-Olea, David Wake, James Hanken 2008. Chiropterotriton chiropterus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59222A11901075. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T59222A11901075.en

 

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