Parvimolge Taylor, 1944

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Plethodontidae > Subfamily: Hemidactyliinae > Genus: Parvimolge
1 species

Parvimolge Taylor, 1944, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 30: 223. Type species: Oedipus townsendi Dunn, 1922, by monotypy.

English Names

Mexican Dwarf Salamanders (Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 13; Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 30).

Dwarf Salamanders (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 32).


Central and southern Veracruz, Mexico, in pine-oak woodland and cloud forest. 


Wiens, Parra-Olea, García-París, and Wake, 2007, Proc. R. Soc. London, Ser. B, Biol. Sci., 274: 918-928, provided evidence that Parvimolge is imbedded within a paraphyletic Pseudoeurycea. (This paraphyly will necessitate either synonymy of Pseudoeurycea and Parvimolge or partition of Pseudoeurycea to remedy this problem. Unfortunately, Parvimolge and Pseudoeurycea were named in the same publication and as yet, no priority has been asserted by any "first revisor"; DRF suggests that Pseudoeurycea be given priority to preserve usage, should the more inclusive taxon be treated as a genus. Alternatively, Ixalotriton could be placed in synonymy with Parvimolge as part of a partition of Pseudoeurycea.) Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, in their study of Genbank sequences, conclused that Parvimolge is likely the sister taxon of Pseudoeurycea (sensu lato). In the tribe Bolitoglossini of Vieites, Nieto-Roman, Wake, and Wake, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 59: 633. See account by Cázares-Hernández, Molohua Tzitzihua, Méndez Quiahua, Quiahua Colotl, Temoxtle Marquez, Rodriguez Merino, and Apale Pacheco, 2018, Tlaconetes: 1–92, for photos, habitat, life history, and conservation status. 

Contained taxa (1 sp.):

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