Bolitoglossa helmrichi

Subgenus: Magnadigita
family: Plethodontidae
subfamily: Hemidactyliinae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Near Threatened (NT)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Guatemala


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known only from the mountainous regions of south-eastern Guatemala, from 1,000-2,290m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

This species lives in cloud forests and also in coffee plantations shaded by bananas. It tends to be arboreal, occurring under bark and in bromeliads, and it breeds by direct development.


It can be locally common. It was still found to be a locally common species in 2007 (Ted Papenfuss pers.c omm. 2007).

Population Trend


Major Threats

This species is threatened by changes in agricultural practices since although it can persist in shade-grown coffee plantations, it cannot survive in more open areas (which tend to lose humidity and become too dry), and there is now a tendency to halt coffee farming in favour of other agricultural activities, most of which are resulting in more open situations unsuitable for this species.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in Biotopo del Quetzal, the Reserva de la Biósfera Sierra de las Minas and several private reserves.

Red List Status

Near Threatened (NT)


Listed as Near Threatened because its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 20,000 km2, but the species is reasonably common and adaptable and survives in some agricultural habitats.


Acevedo, M., Wake, D., Papenfuss, T., Rovito, S. & Vasquez, C. 2008. Bolitoglossa helmrichi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59167A11881215. .Downloaded on 23 January 2019


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