Chiropterotriton priscus Rabb, 1956

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

Chiropterotriton prisca Rabb, 1956, Fieldiana, Zool., 39: 11. Holotype: FMNH 95999, by original designation. Type locality: "at an elevation of 8,000 feet on Cerro Potosí, near Ojo de Agua, about eleven miles west-northwest of Galeana, Nuevo León, Mexico".

Chiropterotriton priscusRabb, 1958, Occas. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 587: 2.

English Names

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

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

Cerro Potosi Splayfoot Salamander (Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 796


Cerro Potosi near Ojo de Agua to Galeana, Nuevo León, and in adjacent Coahuila, Mexico, 2440 to 3660 m elevation. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Mexico

Endemic: Mexico


See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 638. Liner, Johnson, and Chaney, 1976, Herpetol. Rev., 7: 177, provided specific localities for this species. Lemos-Espinal and Smith, 2007, Anf. Rept. Coahuila México: 29, provided an account for Coahuila, Mexico, and suggested that the range was the mountains of western Nuevo Leon and adjacent Coahuila, although D.B. Wake (personal commun.) suggested that this taxon may represent a species complex.  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.: 292, provided a brief account, photograph, and map. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 796–797, provided an account summarizing systematics, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map).

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