Pseudoeurycea leprosa

Subgenus: Pseudoeurycea
family: Plethodontidae
subfamily: Hemidactyliinae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Vulnerable (VU)
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 ranges from eastern Puebla and western Veracruz to Plaxcala, Estado de Mexico and Distrito Federal, Mexico. There is an isolated population in northern Hidalgo. Its altitudinal range is 2,500-3,200m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It lives at high elevations in pine and pine-oak forests. It is terrestrial, and can withstand only limited disturbance to its habitat. It breeds by direct development and is not dependent upon water.


It used to be the commonest salamander on the Mexican Plateau. It is still present, but is far less abundant, although not uncommon.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Its habitat is threatened by agriculture, forestry, and human settlement, as well as touristic activities within national parks.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in several protected areas, including Parque Nacional Cumbres del Ajusco, though many of these are in need of improved management for the benefit of biodiversity conservation. This species is listed as "Threatened" (Amenazada) by the Mexican government.

Red List Status

Vulnerable (VU)


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


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