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 Jackson's climbing salamander

© Dave Wake
Bolitoglossa jacksoni, Guatemala

When scientists discovered a yellow-and-black salamander on the bark of a fallen tree in Guatemala’s Cuchumatanes Mountains, they thought (correctly) that they had discovered a new species. While transporting the amphibian to California, the animal mysteriously disappeared. It is believed it may have been stolen. The following year, one more specimen was found; the species has not been seen since.

Originally listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List, this species was moved to Data Deficient status on account of the need for more information. There are no protected areas in the region where this species has been found; surveys are urgently needed to establish the salamander’s current range and population status in the wild.

Status: last seen in 1975, listed as Data Deficient by IUCN Red List

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