Dermophis occidentalis
family: Dermophiidae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Costa Rica



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is found from the lowlands and premontane slopes of south-western Costa Rica extending to the western portion of the Meseta Central (the central valley), at altitudes of 365-970m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It is a subterranean species, found under logs and in leaf-litter in lowland and submontane rainforest. This is a viviparous species that is not dependent on water.


The population status of this species is unknown.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The extent to which deforestation is a threat to the species is unknown.

Conservation Actions

Its range includes Parque Nacional Corcovado and other national parks. It is in need of taxonomic review (Mark Wilkinson pers. comm.).

Red List Status

Data Deficient (DD)


Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainties as to its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.

Taxonomic Notes

Savage and Wake (2001) recently removed this species from synonymy. Its taxonomic status is unclear.


BolaƱos, F., Wake, M., Wilkinson, M. & Chaves, G. 2008. Dermophis occidentalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59547A11961724. .Downloaded on 20 February 2019


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