Chiropterotriton lavae (Taylor, 1942)

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

Bolitoglossa lavae Taylor, 1942, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 28: 295. Holotype: EHT-HMS 28937, by original designation; now FMNH 100118 according to Marx, 1976, Fieldiana, Zool., 69: 37. Type locality: "2 miles west of La Joya, Veracruz", Mexico.

Chiropterotriton lavaeCochran, 1961, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 220: 10.

English Names

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

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

La Joya Splayfoot Salamander (Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 806).


Known only from pine-oak woodland and cloud forest between Toxtlacuaya and La Joya, central-western Veracruz, Mexico, 2000 to 2200 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Mexico

Endemic: Mexico


See map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 568. Campbell, Streicher, Cox, and Brodie, 2014, S. Am. J. Herpetol.: 231, provided a useful table of updated comparative morphology of the species. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 295, provided a brief account, photograph, and map. See account in Parra-Olea, García-Castillo, Rovito, Maisano, Hanken, and Wake, 2020, PeerJ, 8(e8800): 1–71. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 806–807, provided an account summarizing systematics, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map). Tighe, 2022, Smithson. Contrib. Zool., 654: 22, noted the current location of paratypes.  

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