This species occurs in the volcanic belt of central-western Mexico at 2,850-3,000m asl. Two allopatric populations are known, one in north-eastern Michoacan and the other in north-western Mexico State.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a terrestrial species, inhabiting highland coniferous forests, and living beneath logs, the bark of logs, rocks and other debris. It does not tolerate much disturbance of its habitat. Breeding takes place by direct development and is not dependent upon water.
This has never been a common species. Several animals were recently found at the type locality, following several years without any sightings.
The major threat is habitat loss, mainly due to logging.
It is not known from any protected areas, and improved protection of the forest habitat of this species in the trans-Mexican volcanic belt is urgently needed. This species is protected by Mexican law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr).
Red List Status
Parra-Olea, G. & Wake, D. 2008. Pseudoeurycea longicauda. In: IUCN 2014