This species is known only from Cerro Teotepec, in the Sierra de Atoyac in south-central Guerrero, Mexico, above 2,000m asl. Its range is not well understood, and it could occur more widely.
Habitat and Ecology
This species is known from open fir-pine-oak forest with bunchgrass. It apparently needs the presence of fallen logs as daytime refuges. It reproduces by direct development.
It is known from only one collection, and has not been seen for many years (since the 1960s). Recent attempts to locate it have not been successful.
Even though it lives in a remote area, it is threatened by logging that has apparently been taking place on Cerro Teotepec, and there is also pressure on its habitat from expanding small-scale agriculture.
The species does not occur in any protected areas.
Red List Status
Critically Endangered (CR)
Listed as Endangered because the population has been directly observed to have deceased by at least 80% in recent years, this decline is expected to continue, and it is not understood.
Gabriela Parra-Olea, David Wake, James Hanken 2008. Pseudoeurycea ahuitzotl. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59365A11910137. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T59365A11910137.en