Oedipina ignea Stuart, 1952

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

Oedipina ignea Stuart, 1952, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 65: 1. Holotype: USNM 127959, by original designation. Type locality: "along the Río Las Brisas, just south of Yepocapa, Department of Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Elevation about 1450 m."

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

English Names

Chimaltenango Worm Salamander (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 32).


Poorly known: Possibly restricted to the type locality (just south of Yepocapa, Department of Chimaltenango, Guatemala) with other records from south-central and southeastern Guatemala and extreme southwestern Honduras possibly confused with other species, 1000–2000 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Guatemala, Honduras


In the Oedipina uniformis group, Oedipina uniformis subgroup. Removed from the synonymy of Oedipina taylori by Brame, 1968, J. Herpetol., 2: 45, where it had been placed by Brame, 1960, Bull. S. California Acad. Sci., 59: 159. See McCranie and Wilson, 2002, Amph. Honduras: 156-157, for account.  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.: 383, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 871, provided an account summarizing the murky systematics, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map). 

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