Chiropterotriton arboreus (Taylor, 1941)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Plethodontidae > Subfamily: Hemidactyliinae > Genus: Chiropterotriton > Species: Chiropterotriton arboreus

Bolitoglossa arborea Taylor, 1941, Herpetologica, 2: 62. Holotype: EHT-HMS 16743, by original designation; now FMNH 100022 according to Marx, 1976, Fieldiana, Zool., 69: 36. Type locality: "near Tianguistengo, Hidalgo", Mexico.

Chiropterotriton arboreaTaylor, 1944, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 30: 216.

Chiropterotriton arboreusBrame, 1967, Herpeton, California, 2: 19.

English Names

Arboreal Splayfoot Salamander (Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 11; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 30).

Arboreal Flat-footed Salamander (Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 30).

Tianguistengo Arboreal Splayfoot Salamander (Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 794).


Vicinity of the type locality (Tianguistengo, Hidalgo) and Mesa de Necaxa, Puebla, Mexico, to 2100 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Mexico

Endemic: Mexico


See brief account by Rabb, 1958, Occas. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 587: 18. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 289, provided a brief account, photograph, and map. Campbell, Streicher, Cox, and Brodie, 2014, S. Am. J. Herpetol.: 231, provided a useful table of updated comparative morphology of the species. Lemos-Espinal and Dixon, 2016, Amph. Rept. Hidalgo: 331–332, provided a brief account and map for Hidalgo, Mexico. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 794, provided an account summarizing systematics, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map). Tighe, 2022, Smithson. Contrib. Zool., 654: 19, noted the present location of paratypes. 

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