Thorius adelos (Papenfuss and Wake, 1987)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Plethodontidae > Subfamily: Hemidactyliinae > Genus: Thorius > Species: Thorius adelos

Nototriton adelos Papenfuss and Wake, 1987, Acta Zool. Mexicana, N.S., 21: 7. Holotype: MVZ 112226, by original designation. Type locality: "65 km NE (by Mex. Hwy. 175) of Gueletao, Oaxaca, Mexico. Found in a bromeliad."

Cryptotriton adelosGarcía-París and Wake, 2000, Copeia, 2000: 58.

Thorius adelosWake, Rovito, Maisano, and Hanken, 2012, Zootaxa, 3579: 67.

English Names

Sierra Juarez Moss Salamander (Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 12; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 32).

Sierra Juarez Salamander (Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 30).


Cloud forest at elevations of 1530–2050 m on the Caribbean slopes of the Sierra de Juarez and Sierra Mazateca, Oaxaca, Mexico (see comment).


Canseco-Márquez, 2006, Herpetol. Rev., 37: 356-357, provided a range extension and discussion of the range. Wake, Rovito, Maisano, and Hanken, 2012, Zootaxa, 3579: 67-70, reported on osteology and taxonomy, and also stated "in the subsequent 25 years, despite many futile attempts, only one additional specimen of this species has been discovered", suggesting that the earlier range extensions published by Canseco-Márquez, 2006, Herpetol. Rev., 37: 356-357, identifications confirmed by D.B. Wake and G. Parra-Olea, apply to different, likely unnamed species. See map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 569. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 301, provided a brief account, photograph, and map.

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