This species is known only from Tamualipas, San Luis Potosi, north-western Hidalgo, eastern Queretaro and Puebla, Mexico, at 2,000-2,300m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This is a terrestrial species inhabiting only pristine pine-oak forests. It breeds by direct development.
It generally an uncommon species.
Its forest habitat is under severe pressure from expanding agriculture, and from wood extraction.
It is possibly found in Parque Nacional Los Marmoles and the Reserva de la Biósfera Sierra Gorda, and is protected by Mexican law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr).
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat, Mexico.
The population of this salamander recorded from Sierra Gorda is likely to represent an undescribed species (Gabriela Parra-Olea pers. comm., 2007).
Parra-Olea, G. & Wake, D. 2008. Chiropterotriton chondrostega. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59223A11901455. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T59223A11901455.en