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Chiropterotriton magnipes (Bigfoot splayfoot salamander)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The bigfoot splayfoot salamander or big-footed salamander (Chiropterotriton magnipes) is a species of salamander in the Plethodontidae family. It is endemic to Mexico and only known from northeastern Queretaro, at elevations of 1,300–1,810 m (4,270–5,940 ft) asl.Its natural habitats are caves and crevices in pine-oak forest. It has also been spotted in a tunnel under a church. It is threatened by habitat loss: removing the forest causes caves to dry up.
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Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Chiropterotriton magnipes

EDGE Analysis

The bigfoot splayfoot salamander is found in damp caves surrounded by forest. It is a moderately sized species with large, webbed feet and has been found climbing cave walls. The threats to this species are the clearance of forest around its cave habitat, causing the cave to dry out and become uninhabitable. It has been seen very rarely in recent years.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 19.78
EDGE Score: 5.81
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Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Sierra Madre Oriental pine-oak forests Mexico, United States Nearctic Tropical and Subtropical Coniferous Forests

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve VI 955579 Queretaro, Mexico  

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites

Name  Location   Map   Climate   Land Use 
Peña Blanca/Sierra Gorda Mexico

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Madrean Pine-Oak Woodlands Mexico, United States No
Mesoamerica Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama No

Range Map

Middle America;



Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
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AZE sites provided by Alliance for Zero Extinction (2010). 2010 AZE Update.
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