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Chiropterotriton mosaueri (Cave splayfoot salamander)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The Cave Splayfoot Salamander (Chiropterotriton mosaueri) is a species of salamander in the family Plethodontidae.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.
View Wikipedia Record: Chiropterotriton mosaueri

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Chiropterotriton mosaueri

EDGE Analysis

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.
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 mosaueri


Adult Length [1]  4.035 inches (10.25 cm)


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Sierra Madre Oriental pine-oak forests Mexico, United States Nearctic Tropical and Subtropical Coniferous Forests

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Los Marmoles National Park II 57205 Hidalgo, Mexico      

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Madrean Pine-Oak Woodlands Mexico, United States 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
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
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License