Pseudoeurycea gadovii

Subgenus: Pseudoeurycea
family: Plethodontidae
subfamily: Hemidactyliinae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Endangered (EN)
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 occurs in two localities in Mexico: on and around Volcán Pico de Orizaba, east-central Veracruz; and from the slopes of Volcán La Malinche on the Tlaxcala-Puebla border. It occurs at higher elevations than any other salamander, up to 5,000m asl, with a lower altitudinal limit of around 2,800m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It lives terrestrially in pine-oak forest and in bunch grass above the timberline, and does tolerate some level of habitat disturbance. It breeds by direct development and is not dependent upon water.


Although this has never been a common species, it has become increasingly rare in recent years.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The habitat of this species has been heavily disturbed at lower elevations, especially due to logging. It might be more secure at higher elevations, where human impacts are less severe.

Conservation Actions

This species occurs in Parque Nacional Pico de Ozizaba. It is protected by Mexican law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr).

Red List Status

Endangered (EN)


Parra-Olea, G. & Wake, D. 2008. Pseudoeurycea gadovii. In: IUCN 2014


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