Chiropterotriton cieloensis Rovito and Parra-Olea, 2015

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

Chiropterotriton cieloensis Rovito and Parra-Olea, 2015, Zootaxa, 4048: 63. Holotype: IBH 29561, by original designation. Type locality: "0.2 km E (by air) of Rancho El Cielo, 6.9 km NNW (by air) of center of Gómez Farías, Reserva de la Biósfera El Cielo, Municipio Gómez Farías, Tamaulipas, Mexico, 23.10043° N, 99.19044° W (WGS84 datum), 1174 m elevation".  

English Names

El Cielo Salamander (original publication). 

El Cielo Giant Splayfoot Salamander (Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 792


Known  from the El Cielo Biosphere Reserve, Municipio Gómez Farías, Tamaulipas, elevations ca. 1000 to 1860 m, and possibly from a lower elevation cave (420 m elevation) in the same mountain range. See comment. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Mexico

Endemic: Mexico


Previously confused with Chiropterotriton multidentatus according to the original publication. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 792–793, provided an account summarizing systematics, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map), and noting a nearby record from a cave at 420 m elevation near a sawmill El Paraiso but without citing vouchers. 

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