Nototriton richardi (Taylor, 1949)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Plethodontidae > Subfamily: Hemidactyliinae > Genus: Nototriton > Species: Nototriton richardi

Parvimolge richardi Taylor, 1949, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 33: 284. Holotype: R. C. Taylor 1436, by original designation; now FMNH 178295 according to Marx, 1976, Fieldiana, Zool., 69: 40. Type locality: "Isla Bonita (American Cinchona Plantation), Atlantic slope of Volcán Poas [Costa Rica] at an elevation of about 6,500 feet". Savage, 1974, Rev. Biol. Tropical, 22: 78, commented on the type locality.

Chiropterotriton richardiWake and Lynch, 1976, Sci. Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 25: 60.

Nototriton richardiWake and Elias, 1983, Contrib. Sci. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 345: 12.

Nototriton (Nototriton) richardiDubois and Raffaëlli, 2012, Alytes, 28: 77-161.

English Names

Richard's Salamander (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 32).


Humid lower montane and upper premontane zones on the Atlantic slopes of the Cordillera Central of Costa Rica, at elevations between 1370-1800 m.


According to Wake and Elias, 1983, Contrib. Sci. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 345: 12, the placement of this species in Nototriton is problematic. See accounts by Good and Wake, 1993, Herpetol. Monogr., 7: 141, and Savage, 2002, Amph. Rept. Costa Rica: 144-145. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 639. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 367, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. 

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