Aquiloeurycea rubrimembris Taylor and Smith, 1945

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

Bolitoglossa cephalica rubrimembris Taylor and Smith, 1945, Proc. U.S. Natl. Mus., 95: 539. Holotype: USNM 110661, by original designation. Type locality: "6 km. south of Santa Anita, Hidalgo, elevation about 4,500 feet", Mexico.

Pseudoeurycea (Isthmura) rubrimembris — Dubois and Raffaëlli, 2012, Alytes, 28: 77-161; Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 281. 

Aquiloeurycea rubrimembris — Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 635.

English Names

Red-legged False Brook Salamander (Pseudoeurycea cephalica rubrimembrisLiner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 13).

Red-legged False Brook Salamander (Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 633).


Montane eastern Queretaro, southeastern San Luis Potosi, northern Hidalgo, and east-central state of México; unnamed populations, possibly distinct species, in northeastern San Luis Potosí and southwestern Tamaulipas, Mexico. See comment. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Mexico

Endemic: Mexico


 Farr, Lazcano, and Lavín-Murcio, 2009, Herpetol. Rev., 40: 459-467, provided new records (likely an unnamed species) from Tamaulipas, Mexico, and commented on the range. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 281–283, excluded Pseudoeurycea rubrimembris from Pseudoeurycea cephalica, and discussed three unnamed species under that name. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 633–634, provided an account including this in the Aquiloeurycea cephalica group, summarizing systematics, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map). See comments under Aquiloeurycea cephalica for access to other literature where this taxon was treated as a synonym or subspecies of Aquiloeurycea cephalicaTighe, 2022, Smithson. Contrib. Zool., 654: 20, noted the present location of paratypes.

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