> Chiropterotriton mosaueri
Chiropterotriton mosaueri (Cave splayfoot salamander)
The Cave Splayfoot Salamander (Chiropterotriton mosaueri) is a species of salamander in the Plethodontidae family. It is endemic to Mexico. Its natural habitat is caves. It is threatened by habitat loss. In 2010, this species was observed for the first time since its 1941 description.
Very little is known about this species because it has rarely been seen; nearly 70 years passed from the formal discovery of the cave splayfoot salamander in the early 1940s, until it was seen again by a scientist in 2010.
Cave splayfoot salamanders are found crawling about on the damp walls in near-total darkness. Forest clearance around its former habitat has resulted in the drying out of caves that used to contain this species.
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Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 gis.wwfus.org/wildfinder
Protected Areas provided by Le Saout, S., Hoffmann, M., Shi, Y., Hughes, A., Bernard, C., Brooks, T.M., Bertzky, B., Butchart, S.H.M., Stuart, S.N., Badman, T. & Rodrigues, A.S.L. (2013) Protected areas and effective biodiversity conservation
. Science, 342, 803–805
Range map provided by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), Conservation International & NatureServe.