Bolitoglossa subpalmata (Boulenger, 1896)

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

Spelerpes subpalmatus Boulenger, 1896, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 6, 18: 341. Syntypes: BMNH; including BMNH 1946.9.6.24 (formerly 1896.10.8.85) according to Brame, 1972, Checklist Living & Fossil Salamand. World (Unpubl. MS): 267. Type locality: "La Palma", Costa Rica.

Oedipus subpalmatusDunn, 1924, Field Mus. Nat. Hist. Publ., Zool. Ser., 12: 99.

Magnadigita subpalmataTaylor, 1944, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 30: 218.

Bolitoglossa subpalmataWake and Brame, 1963, Copeia, 1963: 386.

Bolitoglossa subpalmata subpalmataBrame, 1967, Herpeton, California, 2: 19.

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

English Names

La Palma Salamander (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 30).


Humid lower montane and montane zones and marginally into the premontane belt on both slopes of the Cordillera de Guanacaste, Cordillera de Tilarán, Cordillera Central, and their outliers in central to nothern Costa Rica, 1245–2900 m elevation.


In the Bolitoglossa (Eladinea) subpalmata group of Parra-Olea, García-París, and Wake, 2004, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 81: 336. See comment under Bolitoglossa pesrubra. See account by Savage, 2002, Amph. Rept. Costa Rica: 139. See García-París, Parra-Olea, and Wake, 2008, Herpetol. J., 18: 23-31, for comments on systematics. 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: 566. Köhler, 2011, Amph. Cent. Am.: 40–69, compared this species with others from Central America and provided a map and photograph. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 318, provided a brief account, photograph, and map.

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