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Thorius aureus (Golden thorius)

Wikipedia Abstract

Thorius aureus, the golden thorius, is a species of salamander in the genus Thorius, the Mexican pigmy salamanders, part of the lungless salamander family. It is endemic to mountainous areas of north central Oaxaca State in Mexico. It is one of the largest Thorius species.
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Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Thorius aureus

EDGE Analysis

The golden thorius is the most colourful and sizeable member of the Thorius salamanders, although it measures just 57 mm in total length. Very little is known about this species, and it is found living at very high altitudes in terrestrial habitats within montane pine-oak-fir forests and upper cloud forests, hiding under stones and logs. This species does not adapt to degraded or secondary habitats, and is thought to be threatened by factors such as habitat destruction, climate change and possibly a virulent disease, such as chytridiomycosis.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 18.79
EDGE Score: 5.76
View EDGE Record: Thorius aureus


Adult Length [1]  2.642 inches (6.71 cm)
Litters / Year [1]  1

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites

Name  Location   Map   Climate   Land Use 
Sierra de Juárez Mexico

Biodiversity Hotspots

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

Range Map


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