Pseudoeurycea unguidentis (Taylor, 1941)

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

Bolitoglossa unguidentis Taylor, 1940 "1939", Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 26: 418. Nomen nudum.

Bolitoglossa unguidentis Taylor, 1941, Herpetologica, 2: 57. Holotype: EHT-HMS 17102, by original designation; now FMNH 100045 according to Marx, 1976, Fieldiana, Zool., 69: 38. Type locality: "Cerro San Felipe, about 15 kilometers north[east] of Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico, at an elevation of 2200 meters in mixed forest, containing much pine" (probably around 2800 m—according to Brame, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 603).

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

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

English Names

Clawtooth False Brook Salamander (Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 14).

Claw-toothed Salamander (Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 35).

Clawtoed False Brook Salamander (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 34).

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


Cerro San Felipe, Cerro San Luis, Llano de las Flores, and Cerro Machini, in north-central Oaxaca, Mexico, 2200–3000 m elevation. See comment. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Mexico

Endemic: Mexico


Lynch, Yang, and Papenfuss, 1977, Herpetologica, 33: 46–52, removed Pseudoeurycea unguidentis from the synonymy of Pseudoeurycea smithi, where it had been placed by Bogert, 1967, Am. Mus. Novit., 2314: 1–27. Reviewed by Lynch and Wake, 1999, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 688: 1–2. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 273, provided a brief account, photograph, and map. See map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 591. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 611, provided an account, summarizing systematics, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map), and who suggested that the Llano de las Flores and Cerro Machini records needed confirmation. Tighe, 2022, Smithson. Contrib. Zool., 654: 25, noted the current location of paratypes.

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