This species is known from 2,700-3,500m asl in Mexico in the central section of Eje Neovolcánico Transversal in Mexico and Morelos States (and also probably in adjacent Puebla State), the Federal District of central Mexico, and in the Ocuilan, Ajusco, Las Cruces, and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges.
Habitat and Ecology
It seems to prefer open and somewhat dry pine forests with understorey bunchgrass. It is also known from humid fir (Abies religiosa) forests and mixed temperate forests of pine (Pinus hartwegii and Pinus leiophylla), fir (Abies religiosa), Arbutus glandulosa, Alnus jorullensis, and oak species. Individuals were often found under logs during the day, although others were found under a soil mound and under an extrusive volcanic rock. This species is presumed to reproduce by direct development.
This is an uncommon species that is much less common than Pseudoeurycea leprosa.
There is no information on threats.
It is known from Parque Nacional Miguel Hidalgo (Lagunas de Cempoala), Parque Nacional Desierto de los Leones, and Parque Nacional Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl. The validity of this taxon needs to be investigated (Wake pers. comm.).
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
The taxonomic validity of this species is not certain.
David Wake, James Hanken 2008. Pseudoeurycea tlilicxitl. In: IUCN 2014