Aquiloeurycea scandens (Walker, 1955)

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

Pseudoeurycea scandens Walker, 1955, Occas. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 567: 1. Holotype: UMMZ 100639, by original designation. Type locality: "Cave at Rancho del Cielo, on the forested slopes of the Sierra Madre Oriental in southern Tamaulipas, about five miles northwest of Gomez Farías, Mexico, elevation about 3500 feet".

Pseudoeurycea (Isthmura) scandensDubois and Raffaëlli, 2012, Alytes, 28: 77–161.

Aquiloeurycea scandens — Rovito, Parra-Olea, Recuero, and Wake, 2015, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 175: 185. 

English Names

Tamaulipan 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).

Tamaulipas False Brook Salamander (Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 636).


Southwestern Tamaulipas in the caves of the Biósfera El Cielo, Mexico, 1050-1800 m elevation; also reported 64.4 km to the southwest of the type locality at 27.7 km northeast of Ciudad del Maiz in San Luis Potosí, and at 16.8 km east of San Antonio de las Alanzas, Coahuila, Mexico.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Mexico

Endemic: Mexico


In the Pseudoeurycea cephalica group of Wake and Lynch, 1976, Sci. Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 25: 61. Raffaëlli, 2007, Les Urodèles du Monde: 219, provided a brief account, photograph, and map, and considered it to be in the Pseudoeurycea bellii group. See map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 591. Johnson, Liner, and Chaney, 1978, Herpetol. Rev., 9: 21, provided the record for San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Lemos-Espinal and Smith, 2007, Anf. Rept. Coahuila México: 30–31, provided an account and record for Coahuila, Mexico. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 283–284, provided a brief account, photograph, and map. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 636–637, provided an account, summarizing systematics, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map). 

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