> Ambystoma altamirani
Ambystoma altamirani (Mountain stream siredon)
Synonyms: Rhyacosiredon altamirani; Rhyacosiredon zempoalaensis
The mountain stream siredon belongs to the family Ambystomatidae, or the mole salamanders, which diverged from all other salamanders in the Early Cretaceous period over 140 million years ago. This is around five million years before the koala and dolphin lineages diverged from their common ancestor. It occurs in isolated populations on high mountains to the south and west of the Valley of Mexico in the central state of México, southern Distrito Federal, and northwestern Morelos, Mexico. Now categorised as Critically Endangered, the forest and streams which it inhabits urgently need conserving to secure its survival before it falls victim to extinction.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0)
Unique & Vulnerable (100)
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Madrean Pine-Oak Woodlands
Mexico, United States
Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama
Species recognized by , , ITIS Global: The Integrated Taxonomic Information System in
Endangered Status provided by IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2 <www.iucnredlist.org
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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.