Oedipina ignea

Subgenus: Oedipina
family: Plethodontidae
subfamily: Hemidactyliinae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Guatemala, Honduras


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species occurs on the Pacific versant of south-central and south-eastern Guatemala and south-western Honduras, at 1,000 ­ 2,000m asl. Its distribution is very poorly known, and is probably further confounded by taxonomic confusion. Attempts to map its distribution at this stage should be regarded as provisional.

Habitat and Ecology

It lives in mesic broad-leaf forest and pine-oak forest, and can tolerate some habitat degradation, provided the soil does not dry out. Two specimens were collected in coffee plantations in the area of Marcala La Paz (Franklin Castañeda pers. comm.) A single animal has been recorded from a corn field adjacent to primary tropical forest, however it is not known if the species can persist in this habitat. It breeds by direct development.


It is a very poorly known species, and is probably uncommon.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The main threat to this species is any form of land management that leads to the drying out of the soil, such as annual burning, cattle ranching, road building, clear felling, and many forms of agriculture. Such damaging forms of habitat loss are very extensive within its range.

Conservation Actions

Its taxonomy needs further investigation. There are no definate records from protected areas, it has been collected close to Trifinio National Park and is likely to be present in Opalaca Biological Reserve.

Red List Status

Data Deficient (DD)


Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainties as to its taxonomic status, extent of occurrence and ecological requirements.

Taxonomic Notes

The taxonomy of this species is confused (Wake pers. comm.).


Wake, D., Wilson, L.D., McCranie, R., Cruz, G., Acevedo, M. & Castañeda, F. 2008. Oedipina ignea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59316A11914250. .Downloaded on 22 January 2019


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