Batrachoseps minor Jockusch, Yanev, and Wake, 2001

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Plethodontidae > Subfamily: Hemidactyliinae > Genus: Batrachoseps > Species: Batrachoseps minor

Batrachoseps (Batrachoseps) minor Jockusch, Yanev, and Wake, 2001, Herpetol. Monogr., 15: 65. Holotype: MVZ 155968, by original designation. Type locality: "from along the Santa Rita—Old Creek Road, 8.5 km SW intersection with Vineyard Road, San Luis Obispo County, California, ca. 400 m, 35° 31′ 20″ N, 120° 46′ 40″ W", USA.

English Names

Lesser Slender Salamander (original publication; Stebbins, 2003, Field Guide W. Rept. Amph., Ed. 3: 191; Collins and Taggart, 2009, Standard Common Curr. Sci. Names N. Am. Amph. Turtles Rept. Crocodil., ed. 6: 11; Tilley, Highton, and Wake, 2012, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 39: 25; Highton, Bonett, and Jockusch, 2017, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 43: 24).


Restricted to the southern Santa Lucia Mountains of north-central San Luis Obispo County, California, USA, generally above 400 m.


Confused with Batrachoseps pacificus and Batrachoseps relictus prior to its description according to the original publication. In the Batrachoseps (Batrachoseps) pacificus group of Jockusch, Wake, and Yanev, 1998, Contrib. Sci. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 472: 1–17, and Jockusch and Wake, 2002, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 76: 363. Stebbins, 2003, Field Guide W. Rept. Amph., Ed. 3: 191, and Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 259, brief accounts, figures, and maps. Hansen and Wake, 2005, in Lannoo (ed.), Amph. Declines: 682–683, provided an account containing a detailed summary of the literature and range. 

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