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Chiropterotriton lavae (Pigmy splayfoot salamander)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The pygmy splayfoot salamander or pygmy flat-footed salamander (Chiropterotriton larvae) is a species of salamander in the family Plethodontidae. It is endemic to the central-western Veracruz state, Mexico. Its natural habitats are pine-oak and cloud forests at about 1,200 m (3,900 ft) altitude. It lives in bromeliads. It is threatened by severe habitat loss caused by logging and mining.
View Wikipedia Record: Chiropterotriton lavae

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Chiropterotriton lavae

EDGE Analysis

This species is a moderately sized splayfoot salamander that inhabits forest habitat, where it is often found between the leaves of bromeliads growing on trees. It has declined in the wild in recent years due to the destruction of forest within its former range by the expansion of mining operations, reducing available habitat for this species to just 15 hectares.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 19.78
EDGE Score: 5.81
View EDGE Record: Chiropterotriton lavae


Adult Length [1]  4.39 inches (11.15 cm)
Litters / Year [1]  1


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Oaxacan montane forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt pine-oak forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Coniferous Forests

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites

Name  Location   Map   Climate   Land Use 
Veracruz/Puebla Volcanoes 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;

External References



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
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
AZE sites provided by Alliance for Zero Extinction (2010). 2010 AZE Update.
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