Species IUCN Status
The Guatemalan bromeliad salamander is endemic to western Guatemala,and makes its home in fallen logs and stumps in moist mountain and lowland areas. It is in the plethodontidae family of salamanders which are known as “lungless salamanders” because they breathe entirely through their skin and mouth lining, making them dependent on living in a constantly humid habitat. The Guatemalan bromeliad salamander is critically endangered due to deforestation and resulting habitat loss. This salamander’s population is severely fragmented and is currently estimated to reside within less than 90 square kilometers, an area that includes Ecologic’s Indigenous Peoples for Thriving Ecosystems in Northern Guatemala project site.