This species is known only from Cerro Miramundo in the highlands to the south-west of Jalapa, Departamento de Jalapa, Guatemala, at 2,530m asl. It might occur more widely on some of the isolated volcanic peaks of south-eastern Guatemala.
Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits broadleaf forest, and has been collected from inside and beneath rotting logs, and in bromeliads. It is now found only in severely degraded forest edges. It breeds by direct development.
It used to be relatively common, but is now much less so in its tiny range. It has not been recorded since the 1970s and visits to the range in 2005 and 2007 have not revealed any animals (Sean Rovito pers. comm. 2007).
The major threat to this species is continuing forest loss due to extensive smallholder farming activities (including cattle grazing) and logging.
It is not known from any protected areas, and habitat protection is urgently required.
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, and in the number of mature individuals, in the highlands of southeastern Guatemala.
Acevedo, M., Wake, D., Rovito, S. & Vasquez, C. 2008. Pseudoeurycea exspectata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59376A11910688. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T59376A11910688.en