Plethodon hubrichti Thurow, 1957

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Plethodontidae > Subfamily: Plethodontinae > Genus: Plethodon > Species: Plethodon hubrichti

Plethodon hubrichti Thurow, 1957, Herpetologica, 13: 59. Holotype: USNM 139087 (formerly GRT 1221), according to Cochran, 1961, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 220: 20. Type locality: "by the Blue Ridge Parkway at about 3100 feet, 0.9 miles south of cement milepost 80 and a sign reading 'view of Black Rock Hill' in Bedford County near the Bedford–Botecourt line and roughly 10 miles ESE of Buchanan, Virginia", USA.

Plethodon richmondi hubrichtiConant, 1958, Field Guide Rept. Amph. E. Cent. N. Am.: 232.

Plethodon nettingi hubrichtiThurow, 1968, Ser. Biol. Sci., W. Illinois Univ., 6: 16.

Plethodon hubrichtiHighton and Larson, 1979, Syst. Zool., 28: 587.

Plethodon (Plethodon) hubrichtiVieites, Nieto-Roman, Wake, and Wake, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 59: 632, by implication.

English Names

Thunder Ridge Salamander (Collins, Huheey, Knight, and Smith, 1978, Herpetol. Circ., 7: 8).

Peaks of Otter Salamander (Conant, 1975, Field Guide Rept. Amph. E. Cent. N. Am., Ed. 2: 275; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 33; Collins, 1997, Herpetol. Circ., 25: 8; Crother, Boundy, Campbell, de Queiroz, Frost, Highton, Iverson, Meylan, Reeder, Seidel, Sites, Taggart, Tilley, and Wake, 2001 "2000", Herpetol. Circ., 29: 27; Collins and Taggart, 2009, Standard Common Curr. Sci. Names N. Am. Amph. Turtles Rept. Crocodil., ed. 6: 14; Tilley, Highton, and Wake, 2012, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 39: 29; Highton, Bonett, and Jockusch, 2017, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 43: 31).


Peaks of Otter region, Bedford, Botetourt, and Rockbridge counties, northeast of Roanoke, southwestern Virginia, USA, 550 to ca. 1000 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: United States of America, United States of America - Virginia

Endemic: United States of America, United States of America - Virginia


In the Plethodon cinereus group of Highton and Larson, 1979, Syst. Zool., 28: 579–599. See accounts by Highton, 1986, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 393 , and Petranka, 1998, Salamand. U.S. Canada: 363–365. Mitchell and Wicknick, 2005, in Lannoo (ed.), Amph. Declines: 814–815, provided a detailed account that summarized the biology and conservation literature. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 583. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 391_392, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Page, Conarroe, Quintanilla, Palomo, Solis, Aguilar, Bezold, Sackman, and Marsh, 2020, Ecol. Evol., 10: 9948–9967, reported on a contact zone with Plethodon cinereus, noting no hybridization and suggested that Plethodon cinereus may be extending into the range of Plethodon hubrichtiRaffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 898–899, provided an account summarizing morphology, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map). Tighe, 2022, Smithson. Contrib. Zool., 654: 46, briefly discussed current location of paratypes.

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