Chiropterotriton terrestris (Taylor, 1941)

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

Bolitoglossa terrestris Taylor, 1941, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 27: 115. Holotype: EHT-HMS 23354, by original designation; now FMNH 100121 according to Marx, 1976, Fieldiana, Zool., 69: 37. Type locality: "about six miles south of Tianguistengo, Hidalgo, Mexico, at an elevation of about 5,000 feet".

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

Chiropterotriton chondrostega terrestrisRabb, 1958, Occas. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 587: 23.

Chiropterotriton terrestrisDarda, 1994, Herpetologica, 50: 167–187.

English Names

Terrestrial Splayfoot Salamander (Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 11).

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

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


Zacualtipan and Tianguistengo regions of northeastern Hidalgo, Mexico, 1640 to 2000 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Mexico

Endemic: Mexico


 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.: 293, provided a brief account, photograph, and map. Lemos-Espinal and Dixon, 2016, Amph. Rept. Hidalgo: 336–337, provided a brief account and map for Hidalgo, Mexico. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 794–795, provided an account summarizing systematics, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map). Tighe, 2022, Smithson. Contrib. Zool., 654: 25, noted the current location of paratypes.

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