This species is known only from the Reserva de la Biósfera Rancho del Cielo in Tamaulipas in north-eastern Mexico, at 1,500-2,000m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in bromeliads in cloud forest, occurring only in undisturbed habitat. It breeds by direct development and is not dependent upon water.
It is probably uncommon and decreasing, but can still be found.
Declines are taking place in suitable habitat, and these could be the result of threats such as climate change or disease (possibly chytridiomycosis, although this normally impacts species that are associated with water).
It occurs in the Reserva de la Biósfera Rancho del Cielo. Further research is necessary to understand the reasons for the decline of this species in suitable habitat.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, all individuals are in fewer than five locations, and there is continuing decline in the number of mature individuals.
Parra-Olea, G. & Wake, D. 2008. Chiropterotriton cracens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59224A11901775. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T59224A11901775.en