Thorius macdougalli
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 has a relatively wide distribution in the Sierra de Juarez and the mountains above Totontepec, north-central Oaxaca, Mexico, at 2,300-3,000m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It is a terrestrial species that inhabits pine-oak forests. It also occurs in degraded habitats. It reproduces by direct development.


It was formerly very abundant, but underwent major declines since the 1970s, and is now uncommon.

Population Trend


Major Threats

There is some forest loss in its range due to clear-cutting and livestock grazing.

Conservation Actions

It has not been recorded in any protected areas, and there is an urgent need for the protection of pine-oak forest habitat in the Sierra de Juarez. This species is protected by Mexican law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr).

Red List Status

Vulnerable (VU)


Listed as Vulnerable because it is known from only five locations, and although the populations have experienced a major decline since the 1970s, the populations now appear to be somewhat stable, albeit reduced. The rate of deforestation also seems to have substantially decreased compared to earlier years.


Gabriela Parra-Olea, David Wake, James Hanken 2008. Thorius macdougalli. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59415A11935236. .Downloaded on 18 February 2019


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