Chiropterotriton cracens
family: Plethodontidae
subfamily: Hemidactyliinae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Endangered (EN)
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 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.

Population Trend


Major Threats

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).

Conservation Actions

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

Endangered (EN)


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. .Downloaded on 22 January 2019


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