Oedipina elongata (Schmidt, 1936)

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

Oedipus elongatus Schmidt, 1936, Field Mus. Nat. Hist. Publ., Zool. Ser., 20: 165. Holotype: FMNH 20059, by original designation. Type locality: "Escobas, the site of the water supply for Puerto Barrios, Izabal [Department], Guatemala".

Oedipus elongatusStuart, 1943, Misc. Publ. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 56: 19.

Oedipina elongataTaylor, 1944, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 30: 226.

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

English Names

Central American Worm Salamander (Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 13; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 32; Lee, 2000, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Maya World: 58; Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 30)

Galliwasp (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 28).

White-crowned Worm Salamander (Campbell, 1998, Amph. Rept. N. Guatemala Yucatan Belize: 40).


Low and moderate elevations from north-central Chiapas (Mexico) and near the Caribbean coast of eastern Belize across the Atlantic foothills of Guatemala to the Montañas del Mico and into adjacent northwestern Honduras.


See accounts by Lee, 1996, Amph. Rept. Yucatan Peninsula: 46–47, Campbell, 1998, Amph. Rept. N. Guatemala Yucatan Belize: 40-41, Lee, 2000, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Maya World: 58, and McCranie and Wilson, 2002, Amph. Honduras: 154–155 (who discussed the single Honduran record). Townsend, Nifong, and Downing M., 2006, Salamandra, 42: 61–62, provided a specific locality in Honduras. McCranie, 2007, Herpetol. Rev., 38: 36, summarized the departmental distribution in Honduras. 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.: 372, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. 

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