This is a large species of salamander, reaching a total length of 240 mm or more. It has established populations of both metamorphosing individuals (which develop from an aquatic juvenile form with larval characteristics to a terrestrial physical form with adult features) and neotenic individuals (which retain their aquatic larval characters throughout their life). Drainage of marshes has destroyed almost the entire Lake Lerma ecosystem with the consequence that the Lake Lerma salamander may have become locally extinct in that area. Conservation and restoration of this salamanders habitat is an urgent priority in order to save this species from extinction in the wild.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0)
Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 42.62
EDGE Score: 6.55