Pseudoeurycea altamontana (Taylor, 1939)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Plethodontidae > Subfamily: Hemidactyliinae > Genus: Pseudoeurycea > Species: Pseudoeurycea altamontana

Oedipus altamontanus Taylor, 1939 "1938", Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 25: 272. Holotype: EHT-HMS 12245, by original designation; now FMNH 100035 according to Marx, 1976, Fieldiana, Zool., 69: 39. Type locality: "Lake Zempoala, Morelos, Mexico, . . . ; elevation 10,500 feet".

Bolitoglossa altamontanaTaylor, 1941, Herpetologica, 2: 57.

Pseudoeurycea altamontanaTaylor, 1944, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 30: 209.

Pseudoeurycea (Pseudoeurycea) altamontanaDubois and Raffaëlli, 2012, Alytes, 28: 77-161.

English Names

Morelos False Brook Salamander (Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 13; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 33).

Morelos Salamander (Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 31).


Known only from the type locality (Lake Zempoala) and the west slope of Mount Popocatapetl, Morelos, southern Distrito Federal, and México, Mexico, ca. 3000 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Mexico

Endemic: Mexico


Uribe-Peña, Ramírez-Bautista, and Casas-Andreu, 1999, Cuad. Inst. Biol., UNAM, 32: 22-23, provided an account. In the Pseudoeurycea cephalica group of Wake and Lynch, 1976, Sci. Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 25: 61. In the Pseudoeurycea leprosa group of Lara-Góngora, 2003, Bull. Maryland Herpetol. Soc., 39: 21-52. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 274, who provided a brief account, photograph, and map. 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: 585. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 613–614, provided an account, summarizing systematics, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map).

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