Bolitoglossa chica

Subgenus: Eladinea
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: Ecuador


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known from the type locality (the vicinity of Santo Domingo de los Colorados), and from the lower part of the Río Bolaniguas and Bilsa Reserve, in Provincia de Pichincha, in Ecuador. It has been recorded from 250-600m asl. It presumably occurs more widely, but is currently known only from four localities.

Habitat and Ecology

It inhabits moist forest in the western tropical altitude zone. The holotype was captured on a broad-leafed fern at night (Brame and Wake 1963b). It breeds by direct development.


It is considered to be quite rare.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Livestock farming and logging are threats to the species' habitat.

Conservation Actions

Its range overlaps with Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi Cayapas and Mache Chindul.

Red List Status

Vulnerable (VU)


Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat in northwestern Ecuador.


Diego Cisneros-Heredia, Mario Yánez-Muñoz, Ana Almendáriz, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron 2004. Bolitoglossa chica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59146A11889549. .Downloaded on 19 January 2019


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