Bolitoglossa odonnelli (Stuart, 1943)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Plethodontidae > Subfamily: Hemidactyliinae > Genus: Bolitoglossa > Species: Bolitoglossa odonnelli

Oedipus odonnelli Stuart, 1943, Misc. Publ. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 56: 10. Holotype: UMMZ 89096, by original designation. Type locality: "Cafetal just east of the hacienda at Finca Volcán, [Departamento de] Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Altitude, 1200 meters".

Oedipus mexicanus odonnelliStuart, 1948, Misc. Publ. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 69: 19.

Bolitoglossa mexicana odonnelliWake and Brame, 1963, Copeia, 1963: 386.

Bolitoglossa odonnelliWake and Elias, 1983, Contrib. Sci. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 345: 1-19.

Bolitoglossa (Bolitoglossa) odonnelliParra-Olea, García-París, and Wake, 2004, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 81: 335.

English Names

O'Donnell's Salamander (Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 10; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 30; Campbell, 1998, Amph. Rept. N. Guatemala Yucatan Belize: 39; Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 29).


The cloud forests of the Atlantic drainage of the mountains of eastern Alta Verapaz, east to the Montañas del Mico, Guatemala, 100–1200 m elevation; also in adjacent western Honduras (see comment).


In the subgenus Bolitoglossa of Parra-Olea, García-París, and Wake, 2004, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 81: 335, formerly the Bolitoglossa mexicana group. In the Bolitoglossa mexicana group according to García-París, Parra-Olea, and Wake, 2000, in Bruce et al., Biol. Plethodontid Salamanders: 199-214. Campbell, 1998, Amph. Rept. N. Guatemala Yucatan Belize: 38, suggested that Bolitoglossa odonnelli might be conspecific with Bolitoglossa mexicana. García-París, Parra-Olea, Brame, and Wake, 2002, Rev. Esp. Herpetol., 16: 49, considered this species to be phylogenetically in a polytomy with Bolitoglossa lignicolor, Bolitoglossa alberchi, and a group composed of Bolitoglossa striatula, Bolitoglossa mombachoensis, Bolitoglossa yucatana, and Bolitoglossa mexicana. Raffaëlli, 2007, Les Urodèles du Monde: 242, provided a brief account, photograph, and map. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 562. Köhler, 2011, Amph. Cent. Am.: 40–69, compared this species with others from Central America and provided a map and photograph. See comments by McCranie, 2015, Zootaxa, 3931: 361, regarding the systematics of this species complex in Honduras. 

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