This species is known only from La Joya, central-western Veracruz, Mexico, at 1,200 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
The species lives in bromeliads in pine-oak and cloud forests. It breeds by direct development.
It was abundant in its tiny range, but severe habitat degradation has taken place to the extent that the species has not been detected despite recent attempts.
All areas surrounding La Joya are highly disturbed by extensive logging and mining: between 2003 and 2004, the area of forest habitat available for this species was halved due to the expansion of mining activities; the remaining available habitat was only about 15ha in 2004.
It is not known from any protected areas, and maintenance and protection of the La Joya forests is urgently needed. This species is protected by Mexican law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr).
Red List Status
Critically Endangered (CR)
Gabriela Parra-Olea, David Wake, Jean Raffaelli, James Hanken 2008. Chiropterotriton lavae. In: IUCN 2014