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Oedipina paucidentata (El Empalme worm salamander)

Wikipedia Abstract

Oedipina paucidentata (common name: El Empalme worm salamander) is a species of salamander in the Plethodontidae family.It is endemic to the Cordillera de Talamanca, Costa Rica.Its natural habitat is tropical moist montane forests.It is threatened by habitat loss.
View Wikipedia Record: Oedipina paucidentata

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Oedipina paucidentata

EDGE Analysis

The El Empalme worm salamander inhabits lower montane rainforest, and possibly lives below the ground. There is no information on the current population status of this species because no individuals have been collected since 1952, and it is possible that the El Empalme worm salamander is now extinct. The major threat to this species is likely to be the loss of its habitat due to increased urbanisation, and expanding smallholder farming and cattle ranching.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 18.27
EDGE Score: 5.73
View EDGE Record: Oedipina paucidentata


Adult Length [1]  5 inches (13.9 cm)
Litters / Year [1]  1


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Talamancan montane forests Costa Rica, Panama Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Río Navarro-Río Sombrero Protective Zone 15862 Cartago, Costa Rica  

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites

Name  Location   Map   Climate   Land Use 
Cordillera de Talamanca Norte Costa Rica

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Mesoamerica Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama Yes

Range Map



Attributes / relations provided by
1Oliveira, Brunno Freire; São-Pedro, Vinícius Avelar; Santos-Barrera, Georgina; Penone, Caterina; C. Costa, Gabriel. (2017) AmphiBIO, a global database for amphibian ecological traits. Sci. Data.
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF 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
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
AZE sites provided by Alliance for Zero Extinction (2010). 2010 AZE Update.
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