Chiropterotriton lavae
family: Plethodontidae
subfamily: Hemidactyliinae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Critically Endangered (CR)
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 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.

Population Trend


Major Threats

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.

Conservation Actions

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


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