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
Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
Removed from the synonymy of Chiropterotriton chiropterus by Darda (1994).
Parra-Olea, G. & Wake, D. 2008. Chiropterotriton orculus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59230A11903382. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T59230A11903382.en