Oedipina alleni Taylor, 1954

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Plethodontidae > Subfamily: Hemidactyliinae > Genus: Oedipina > Species: Oedipina alleni

Oedipina alleni Taylor, 1954, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 36: 607. Holotype: KU 34926, by original designation. Type locality: "Palmar [Norte, Cantón de Osa], Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica". Savage, 1974, Rev. Biol. Tropical, 22: 101, commented on the type locality.

Oedipina (Oedopinola) alleniGarcía-París and Wake, 2000, Copeia, 2000: 60.

English Names

Allen's Worm Salamander (Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 858).


Humid lowlands and lower premontane slopes on the Pacific versant of southeastern Costa Rica and extreme southwestern Panama, 2–880 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Costa Rica, Panama


Removed from the synonymy of Oedipina parvipes by Good and Wake, 1997, Rev. Biol. Tropical, 45: 1185-1208, where it had been placed by Brame, 1968, J. Herpetol., 2: 10. See account by Savage, 2002, Amph. Rept. Costa Rica: 149. Köhler, 2011, Amph. Cent. Am.: 82–90, compared this species with others from Central America and provided a map and photograph. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 376, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 858, provided an account summarizing systematics, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map). 

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