Chiropterotriton arboreus (Taylor, 1941)

Arboreal splayfoot salamander, Arboreal flat-footed salamander



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Bolitoglossa arborea Taylor, 1941; Chiropterotriton arborea Taylor, 1941


Conservation Status

Last record: early 1980's

Rediscovered in 2010

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered



forest around Tianguistengo, Hidalgo (north-eastern), México


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: EHT–HMS No. 16743 (Smith & Taylor, 1948:32)

Type locality: "[n]ear Tianguistengo, Hidalgo, Mexico" (Smith & Taylor, 1948:32)






Original scientific description:

Taylor, E. H. (1941). New plethodont salamanders from Mexico. Herpetologica 2: 57-65.


Other references:

Darda, D. 1994. Allozyme variation and morphological evolution among Mexican salamanders of the genus Chiropterotriton. Herpetologica 50: 164-187.

Parra-Olea, G., García-París, M. and Wake, D.B. 1999. Status of some populations of Mexican salamanders. Revista de Biologia Tropical [1999]: 217-223.

Gabriela Parra-Olea, David Wake, Ted Papenfuss, James Hanken. (2008). Chiropterotriton arboreus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T59221A11900717. . Downloaded on 10 October 2015.

Rabb, G.B. 1958. On certain Mexican salamanders of the plethodontid genus Chiropterotriton. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology of the University of Michigan: 1-37.

Smith, Hobart M. and Taylor, Edward H. (1948). An Annotated Checklist and Key to the Amphibia of Mexico. Bulletin of the United States National Museum 194: iv + 118 pp.

Taylor, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., vol. 30, 1944, p. 216

Wake, D.B. 1987. Adaptive radiation of salamanders in Middle American cloud forests. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 74: 242-264.


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