Chiropterotriton terrestris
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 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.

Population Trend


Major Threats

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.

Conservation Actions

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)


Listed as Critically Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 100 km2, all individuals are in a single location, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat


Gabriela Parra-Olea, David Wake, Ted Papenfuss 2010. Chiropterotriton terrestris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T59232A11903597. .Downloaded on 15 February 2019


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