Chiropterotriton aureus García-Castillo, Soto-Pozos, Aguilar-López, Pineda-Arredondo, and Parra-Olea, 2018

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Plethodontidae > Subfamily: Hemidactyliinae > Genus: Chiropterotriton > Species: Chiropterotriton aureus

Chiropterotriton aureus García-Castillo, Soto-Pozos, Aguilar-López, Pineda-Arredondo, and Parra-Olea, 2018, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 12 (2: e167): 42. Holotype: IBH 31042, by original designation. Type locality: "Atzalan, Veracruz, 6.5 km N from Atzalan, ejido de desarrollo urbano Quetzalcóatl, Mexico, 1,249 meters (m) above sea level (asl), 19.843138N, 97.231194W". Zoobank publication registration: 440CB3D6-450A-463B-B3D3-1CCBCBD8670E

English Names

Atzalan Golden Salamander (original publication). 

Atzalan Splayfoot Salamander (Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 800–802).


Western side of Sierra de Chiconquiaco, part of the Sierra Madre Oriental in central Veracruz, Mexico, in cloud forest  exclusively in arboreal bromeliads over oaks at 1200 to 1250 m elevation.  

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Mexico

Endemic: Mexico


Most closely related to Chiropterotriton nubilis and Chiropterotriton chiropterus according to the original publication. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 802–803, provided an account summarizing systematics, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map). 

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