This species is known from a small area around Tianguistengo in north-eastern Hidalgo, Mexico, at altitudes of 1,640m asl and slightly higher. A record from Querétaro may also pertain to this species (Gillingwater and Patrikeev 2004).
Habitat and Ecology
The species inhabits humid pine-oak or cloud forests, living in low vegetation and on the ground. It reproduces by direct development.
It can be found but is uncommon.
The major threat to this species is widespread deforestation, which is taking place in its only known locality due to expanding agricultural development and the extraction of wood.
In Hidalgo it occurs on private land, and not in any protected areas. The record from Querétaro is from Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve (Gillingwater and Patrikeev 2004). Protection of the forests in the Husteca region is urgently required. Further research is also needed to clarify its taxonomic status.
Red List Status
Critically Endangered (CR)
Gabriela Parra-Olea, David Wake, Ted Papenfuss 2010. Chiropterotriton terrestris. In: IUCN 2014