Pseudoeurycea ruficauda Parra-Olea, García-París, Hanken, and Wake, 2004

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

Pseudoeurycea ruficauda Parra-Olea, García-París, Hanken, and Wake, 2004, J. Nat. Hist., London, 38: 2122. Holotype: IBUNAM 13806, by original designation. Type locality: "ca 1 km NW of Puerto Soledad, Sierra Mazateca, Oaxaca, elevation 2290 m, 18° 10.450′ N, 97° 00.197′ W", Mexico.

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

English Names

Orange-tailed Agile Salamander (original publication; Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 34).

Orange-tailed False Brook Salamander (Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 611).


Known only from the western portion of the Sierra Mazateca (in the Sierra Madre Oriental, north of the Rio Grande), Oaxaca, Mexico, in moist pine-oak forest at elevations of 2235 and 2290 m.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Mexico

Endemic: Mexico


The sister taxon of Pseudoeurycea unguidentis, and in the Pseudoeurycea juarezi group according to the original publication. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 273, provided a brief account, photograph, and map and included the species in his reformulated Pseudoeurycea leprosa group which combines the monophyletic Pseudoeurycea juarezi and Pseudoeurycea leprosa group. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 611–610, provided an account, summarizing systematics, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map).

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