Desmognathus bairdi Pyron and Beamer, 2023

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

Desmognathus bairdi Pyron and Beamer, 2023, Zootaxa, 5311: 493. Holotype: AMNH A-193899, by original designation. Type locality: "Watery Branch (N[orth]C[arolina]: Montgomery [County]; 35.380, -79.990; 186m ASL)." Zoobank publication registration: 55C03344-6CA2-43A1-9785-8E06B7A9BA03

English Names

Baird’s Dusky Salamander (original publication). 

Piedmont Dusky Salamander (original publication). 


USA: Piedmont and margins of the adjacent upper Coastal Plain in North Carolina, with small incursions into the Piedmont of extreme north-central South Carolina and southeastern Virginia, at elevation of 300 m and below. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: United States of America, United States of America - North Carolina, United States of America - South Carolina, United States of America - Virginia

Endemic: United States of America


This species represents the Desmognathus fuscus D lineage of Beamer and Lamb, 2020, Zootaxa, 4734: 1–61, according to the original description, where comparative morphology, molecular markers, habitat, and range were detailed. 

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