This species is restricted to the highlands of central and west-central Oaxaca, Mexico, between 2,200-2,700 m asl. It occurs in fewer than 10 threat-defined locations and its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 10,468 km2.
Habitat and Ecology
This is a terrestrial species which inhabits pine and pine-oak forests, hiding under bark and in leaf-litter. It can tolerate limited habitat disturbance, and is sometimes found in rural gardens and selectively logged lots. It reproduces by direct development.
This species is fairly common, although it has not been seen at the type locality (Cerro San Felipe) for many years. Due to ongoing decline in the extent and quality of habitat, the population is suspected to be decreasing.
The major threat is habitat loss due to extensive agricultural expansion (including slash and burn practices), human settlements and logging.
This species has not been recorded in any protected areas. It is listed as "Threatened" (Amenazada) by the Mexican government.
There is an urgent need for the protection of forest habitats of the Sierra de Juárez.
There is need for taxonomic research to understand this species complex.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 10,468 km2, it occurs in fewer than 10 threat-defined locations, and there is a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat in Oaxaca.
This form represents a species complex and is in need of taxonomic revision (G. Parra-Olea and D. Wake pers. comm.).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Pseudoeurycea cochranae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T59374A53981674. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T59374A53981674.en .Downloaded on 14 November 2018