Pseudoeurycea orchileucos

Subgenus: Pseudoeurycea
family: Plethodontidae
subfamily: Hemidactyliinae
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 is known only from the northern slopes of the Sierra de Juarez, northern Oaxaca, Mexico, at 1,100m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It lives in cloud forest, where it is terrestrial and fossorial, and does not survive in seriously disturbed habitats. It breeds by direct development and is not dependent upon water.


It is very poorly known, and only a few specimens have ever been recorded, despite much fieldwork having been carried out in its range.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The main threats are habitat loss due to logging, human settlement, and expanding agriculture.

Conservation Actions

It does not occur in any protected areas, making habitat protection a priority to ensure the long-term survival of this species. Further survey work is needed to determine its current population status.

Red List Status

Endangered (EN)

Taxonomic Notes

This genus is undergoing taxonomic revision (G. Parra-Olea and D. Wake pers. comm.). There is a question as to whether both Pseudoeurycea orchileucos and Pseudoeurycea orchimelas are distinct, valid species.


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


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