Aquiloeurycea praecellens (Rabb, 1955)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Plethodontidae > Subfamily: Hemidactyliinae > Genus: Aquiloeurycea > Species: Aquiloeurycea praecellens

Parvimolge praecellens Rabb, 1955, Breviora, 42: 1. Holotype: MCZ 24701, by original designation. Type locality: "Hacienda El Potrero, near the city of Cordoba, Vera Cruz, Mexico".

Pseudoeurycea praecellensWake and Elias, 1983, Contrib. Sci. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 345: 12.

Pseudoeurycea (Isthmura) praecellensDubois and Raffaëlli, 2012, Alytes, 28: 77-161.

Aquiloeurycea praecellens — Rovito, Parra-Olea, Recuero, and Wake, 2015, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 175: 185. Provisional generic assignment. 

English Names

Admirable False Brook Salamander (Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 14; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 33; Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 34).


Known only from the type (Hacienda El Potrero, near Cordoba, Veracruz, Mexico, in tropical wet forest.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Mexico

Endemic: Mexico


Wake and Lynch, 1976, Sci. Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 25: 61, suggested that the juvenile type of Parvimolge praecellens might actually be a Pseudoeurycea; subsequently transferred to Pseudoeurycea by Wake and Elias, 1983, Contrib. Sci. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 345: 12. Placed in the Pseudoeurycea praecellens group by Raffaëlli, 2007, Les Urodèles du Monde: 222. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 284, provided a brief account, photograph, and map. See map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 590, who implied that this species may be extinct. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 637–638, provided an account, summarizing systematics, life history, population status (probably extinct), and distribution (including a polygon map).

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