Dendrotriton cuchumatanus
family: Plethodontidae
subfamily: Hemidactyliinae

© 2012 Carlos R. Vasquez-Almazan (1 of 2)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Critically Endangered (CR)
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 from a single site south-west of San Juan Ixcoy, in the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes, Guatemala, at about 2,860m asl. There is a probable recent record from Villa Alicia San Martin Cuchumatanes, but this needs to be confirmed.

Habitat and Ecology

It lives in high-elevation, very humid oak forest. Individuals have been found under moss and bark on large fallen trees; it has also been found in moss, but not in bromeliads. It presumably breeds by direct development.


There is no information on current population status.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Although there has been extensive forest clearance for timber around the type locality, a small patch of oak forest (less than 10km2) is known to remain in the area.

Conservation Actions

The type locality is inside a proposed semi-protected area (multi-use forest), but it is not known if the species still survives at the type locality and further survey work is needed to determine whether or not this species survives in the wild.

Red List Status

Critically Endangered (CR)


Listed as Critically Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 100 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes, Guatemala.


Acevedo, M., Wake, D., Vasquez, C. & Rovito, S. 2008. Dendrotriton cuchumatanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59238A11905092. .Downloaded on 23 January 2019


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