This species occurs on the southern and eastern margins of the Mexican Plateau, Mexico, above 2,500m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in pine-oak forest and fir forest and can survive in slightly disturbed habitats. It is terrestrial and breeds by direct development and is not dependent upon water.
It is quite a common species.
The main threat is habitat loss due to logging and human settlement.
It occurs in several protected areas, including Parque Nacional Cumbres del Ajusco and Parque Nacional Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl.
Red List Status
Removed from the synonymy of Chiropterotriton chiropterus by Darda (1994).
Parra-Olea, G. & Wake, D. 2008. Chiropterotriton orculus. In: IUCN 2014