Oedipina poelzi Brame, 1963

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

Oedipina poelzi Brame, 1963, Contrib. Sci. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 65: 7. Holotype: LACM 1722 (incorrectly cited as 1772), according to XXX. Type locality: "area of the stone quarry in the vicinity of El Angel Waterfall (former American Cinchona Plantation . . . ), 3. 8 miles by road south of Cariblanco, along the Vara Blanca-Puerto Viejo Road, Provincia de Heredia-Provincia de Alajuela boundary, Costa Rica; elevation 1520 m". Corrected by Savage, 1974, Rev. Biol. Tropical, 22: 85, to "0.5 km S Cinchona, near Rio Santiaguito, Cariblanco road, Cantón de Heredia, Provincia de Heredia; 1350 m", Costa Rica.

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

English Names

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


Humid lower montane and premontane zones of the Cordillera de Tilarán, Cordillera Central, and Cordillera de Talamanca of Costa Rica, 775–2050 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Costa Rica

Endemic: Costa Rica


See account by Savage, 2002, Amph. Rept. Costa Rica: 155-156, who disagreed with the association of this species with the Oedipina uniformis subgroup. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 581. 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.: 378, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 865, provided an account summarizing systematics, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map). 

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