Desmognathus abditus Anderson and Tilley, 2003

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Plethodontidae > Subfamily: Plethodontinae > Genus: Desmognathus > Species: Desmognathus abditus

Desmognathus abditus Anderson and Tilley, 2003, Herpetol. Monogr., 17: 107. Holotype: MCZ A-135817, by original designation. Type locality: "Staples Spring Branch, a small tributary of Daddy's Creek, 36° 3.609′ N, 84° 47.674′ W, Cumberland County, Tennessee", USA.

Desmognathus (Desmognathus) abditusDubois and Raffaëlli, 2012, Alytes, 28: 77–161. See comment under Desmognathus regarding the status of these subgenera. 

English Names

Cumberland Dusky Salamander (original paper; Tilley, Highton, and Wake, 2012, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 39: 16; Collins and Taggart, 2009, Standard Common Curr. Sci. Names N. Am. Amph. Turtles Rept. Crocodil., ed. 6: 11; Tilley, Highton, and Wake, 2012, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 39: 25; Powell, Conant, and Collins, 2016, Field Guide Rept. Amph. E. North Am., 4th ed.: 40; Highton, Bonett, and Jockusch, 2017, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 43: 25).


Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee, USA, 295–639 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: United States of America, United States of America - Tennessee

Endemic: United States of America, United States of America - Tennessee


In the Desmognathus ochrophaeus complex according to the original publication. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 638–639. Reviewed by Tilley, 2010, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 861: 1–2. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 422, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Altig and McDiarmid, 2015, Handb. Larval Amph. US and Canada: 105–106, provided an account of larval morphology. Pyron, O'Connell, Lemmon, Lemmon, and Beamer, 2022, Ecol. Evol., 12 (2: e8574): 1–38, provided molecular evidence that Desmognathus abditus is genalogically cohesive. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 979, provided an account summarizing systematics, morphology, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map). 

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