This species occurs on the Atlantic slopes of the Cordillera Central of Costa Rica, from 1,370-1,800m asl (Savage 2002).
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in leaf-litter and moss banks in lower montane rainforest and marginally in higher altitude portions of premontane rainforest. It can be found in pastures under moss mats. Breeding is by direct development.
It has been found to be more common than was once thought, but there are still few records.
The main threat to this species is forest loss and fragmentation, as a result of encroaching agricultural cultivation and livestock grazing.
Much of the range of this species is protected in Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened since although its Extent of Occurrence is much less than 5,000 km2 and its habitat might be declining in parts of its range, thus making the species close to qualifying for Endangered, it probably occurs in more than ten locations, and its range is probably not severely fragmented.
Bolaños, F., Wake, D. & Savage, J. 2008. Nototriton richardi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59300A11909097. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T59300A11909097.en