Ambystoma mabeei Bishop, 1928

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Ambystomatidae > Genus: Ambystoma > Species: Ambystoma mabeei

Ambystoma mabeei Bishop, 1928, J. Elisha Mitchell Sci. Soc., 43: 157. Holotype: USNM 75058, by original designation. Type locality: "low grounds of the Black River near Dunn, [Harnett County,] N[orth]. C[arolina].", USA.

Ambystoma (Linguaelapsus) mabeeiTihen, 1958, Bull. Florida State Mus., Biol. Sci., 3: 3, 43; Dubois and Raffaëlli, 2012, Alytes, 28: 77–161. See comment under Ambystoma regarding the status of this subgenus. 

Linguaelapsus mabeeiFreytag, 1959, Vierteiljahrschrift Naturforsch. Ges. Zürich, 104: 79–89.

Ambystoma mabeeiHardy and Anderson, 1970, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 81: 1.

English Names

Mabee's Salamander (Bishop, 1943, Handb. Salamanders: 136; Schmidt, 1953, Check List N. Am. Amph. Rept., Ed. 6: 20; Conant, Cagle, Goin, Lowe, Neill, Netting, Schmidt, Shaw, Stebbins, and Bogert, 1956, Copeia, 1956: 173; Conant, 1975, Field Guide Rept. Amph. E. Cent. N. Am., Ed. 2: 253; Collins, Huheey, Knight, and Smith, 1978, Herpetol. Circ., 7: 4; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 27; Collins, 1997, Herpetol. Circ., 25: 5; Crother, Boundy, Campbell, de Queiroz, Frost, Highton, Iverson, Meylan, Reeder, Seidel, Sites, Taggart, Tilley, and Wake, 2001 "2000", Herpetol. Circ., 29: 18; Collins and Taggart, 2009, Standard Common Curr. Sci. Names N. Am. Amph. Turtles Rept. Crocodil., ed. 6: 10; Tilley, Highton, and Wake, 2012, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 39: 23; Powell, Conant, and Collins, 2016, Field Guide Rept. Amph. E. North Am., 4th ed.: 33; Highton, Bonett, and Jockusch, 2017, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 43: 22).


Coastal plain of southeastern Virginia, eastern North Carolina and eastern South Carolina south to the Savannah River, USA.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: United States of America, United States of America - North Carolina, United States of America - South Carolina, United States of America - Virginia

Endemic: United States of America


See detailed accounts by Hardy and Anderson, 1970, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 81: 1–2, Petranka, 1998, Salamand. U.S. Canada: 68–70, and Mitchell, 2005, in Lannoo (ed.), Amph. Declines: 616–617. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 113–114, provided a brief account, photo, and map. Altig and McDiarmid, 2015, Handb. Larval Amph. US and Canada: 86–87, provided an account of larval morphology. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 181, provided an account, summarizing systematics, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map). Tighe, 2022, Smithson. Contrib. Zool., 654: 10, discussed the paratypes. 

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