Desmognathus aureatus (Martof, 1956)

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

Leurognathus marmorata aureata Martof, 1956, Occas. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 575: 2. Holotype: UMMZ 111566, by original designation. Type locality: "Jarrard's Creek, 0.2 of a mile below its crossing of U.S. Route 19, about 9 air miles north-northeast of Dahlonega, Lumpkin County, Georgia; 1,550 feet elevation", USA. Status rejected by Martof, 1962, Am. Midl. Nat., 67: 30. See comment. 

Leurognathus marmorata roborata Martof, 1956, Occas. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 575: 4. Holotype: UMMZ 111568, by original designation. Type locality: "Reed Creek, along Burrell Ford Road, 0.5 of a mile from its junction with Glade School Road, about 3.5 miles northwest of Pine Mountain Community, Rabun County, Georgia; 2,350 feet elevation", USA. Status rejected by Martof, 1962, Am. Midl. Nat., 67: 30.

Leurognathus marmoratus aureatusConant, 1958, Field Guide Rept. Amph. E. Cent. N. Am.: 228.

Leurognathus marmoratus roboratus — Conant, 1958, Field Guide Rept. Amph. E. Cent. N. Am.: 228.

Desmognathus aureatus — Jones, Voss, Ptacek, Weisrock, and Tonkyn, 2006, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 38: 285. 

Desmognathus (Leurognathus) aureatus —  Dubois and Raffaëlli, 2012, Alytes, 28: 145. See comment under Desmognathus regarding the status of the subgenus. 

English Names

Golden Shovel-nosed Salamander (Conant, 1958, Field Guide Rept. Amph. E. Cent. N. Am.: 228). 

Husky Shovel-nosed Salamander (Leurognathus marmorata roboratus [no longer recognized]: Conant, 1958, Field Guide Rept. Amph. E. Cent. N. Am.: 228).

Distribution

Chattahoochee, Tallulah, and Chattooga River basins of northeastern Georgia and adjacent South Carolina, USA. (See comment.)

Comment

See comment under Desmognathus marmoratus with which this taxon's history is deeply intertwined. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 432–433, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Pyron, O'Connell, Lemmon, Lemmon, and Beamer, 2022, Ecol. Evol., 12 (2: e8574): 1–38, provided molecular evidence that Desmognathus aureatus (their Desmognathus marmoratus B) is a member of the Desmognathus marmoratus complex. 

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