Taxonomy

Animalia Chordata Vertebrata Amphibia Caudata Plethodontidae Chiropterotriton Chiropterotriton arboreus

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Geographic Range

This species is known from a small patch of forest around Tianguistengo in north-eastern Hidalgo, Mexico, from 1,900-2,100m asl.

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Habitat

It inhabits humid pine-oak or cloud forests, where it lives in bromeliads and reproduces by direct development.

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Population

The species has not been found since the early 1980s, despite recent attempts to locate it.

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I found this species the only time I searched for it, in 2010.

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Threats

Since this species is dependent upon bromeliads in trees, the major threat to it is deforestation and fragmentation, which is taking place in its only known locality due to expanding agricultural development and extraction of wood.

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Specific Threats

  • 2.1.1 Shifting agriculture
  • 7.1.3 Trend Unknown/Unrecorded
  • 2.1.2 Small-holder farming
  • 5.3.5 Motivation Unknown/Unrecorded
  • 2.3.2 Small-holder grazing, ranching or farming

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Conservation Actions

This species occurs on private land. It is not found in any protected areas, and protection of the forests in the Husteca region is urgently required. This species is protected by Mexican law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr).

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Based upon species´ distribution model, suitable habitat for this species has 62% of remnant distributional range of natural vegetation cover in Mexico (equivalent to 212,027 ha), but is just represented in 17% in protected areas. 
Ochoa-Ochoa, L. Urbina-Cardona, J.N., Flores-Villela, O., Vázquez, L-B and Bezaury-Creel, J. 2009. The Effects of Governmental Protected Areas and Social Initiatives for Land Protection on the Conservation of Mexican Amphibians. PLoS ONE: 4 (9): e6878 (Nicolás Urbina)

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Based upon species´ distribution model, suitable habitat for this species has 62% of remnant distributional range of natural vegetation cover in Mexico (equivalent to 212,027 ha), but is just represented in 17% in protected areas.
Ochoa-Ochoa, L. Urbina-Cardona, J.N., Flores-Villela, O., Vázquez, L-B and Bezaury-Creel, J. 2009. The Effects of Governmental Protected Areas and Social Initiatives for Land Protection on the Conservation of Mexican Amphibians. PLoS ONE: 4 (9): e6878

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Specific Actions

  • 1.2 Resource & habitat protection
  • 1.1 Site/area protection

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Red List Rationale

Listed as Critically Endangered because the species is known from a small forest patch that is becoming smaller. Several recent attempts have been made to locate the species without success. This species is possibly extinct.

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The species is definitely not extinct; I found it in 2010.

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Bibliography

  • Darda, D. 1994. Allozyme variation and morphological evolution among Mexican salamanders of the genus Chiropterotriton. Herpetologica 50: 164-187.
  • Parra-Olea, G., García-París, M. and Wake, D.B. 1999. Status of some populations of Mexican salamanders. Revista de Biologia Tropical: 217-223.
  • Rabb, G.B. 1958. On certain Mexican salamanders of the plethodontid genus Chiropterotriton. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology of the University of Michigan: 1-37.
  • Wake, D.B. 1987. Adaptive radiation of salamanders in Middle American cloud forests. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 74: 242-264.

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Ochoa-Ochoa, L. Urbina-Cardona, J.N., Flores-Villela, O., Vázquez, L-B and Bezaury-Creel, J. 2009. The Effects of Governmental Protected Areas and Social Initiatives for Land Protection on the Conservation of Mexican Amphibians. PLoS ONE: 4 (9): e6878

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