This species is known only from a small area of southern Hidalgo, Mexico, at 2,500-2,700m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits only pristine pine-oak and fir forests, where it is found under bark or logs. It breeds by direct development and is not dependent upon water.
It used to be abundant, but its numbers are now severely reduced.
Most of the forests where this species has been recorded have been severely transformed through the activities of smallholder farmers, logging, and human settlement. It has disappeared even from areas where the habitat has been only slightly degraded.
It occurs in Parque Nacional El Chico, but improved management of this area is urgently needed to reduce the heavy impacts of tourism, including more fires, and the cutting of forest for recreational facilities. This species is protected by Mexican law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr).
Red List Status
Parra-Olea, G. & Wake, D. 2008. Chiropterotriton dimidiatus. In: IUCN 2014