Desmognathus balsameus Pyron and Beamer, 2022

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

Desmognathus balsameus Pyron and Beamer, 2022, Zootaxa, 5190: 225. Holotype: AMNH A-193885, by original designation. Type locality: "Bubbling Spring Branch near Mount Hardy Gap (NC: Haywood; 35.308, -82.908, ~1530m ASL)", Haywood County, North Carolina, USA.

English Names

Great Balsams Mountain Dusky Salamander (original publication). 


Great Balsam Mountains of western North Carolina, USA, at elevations above ca. 1000 m, primarily in Haywood, Jackson, and Transylvania counties, but possibly extending into western Buncombe and Henderson Counties. 


Corresponds to the Desmognathus ocoee B lineage as delimited by Kozak, Larson, Bonett, and Harmon, 2005, Evolution, 59: 2000–2016, Beamer and Lamb, 2020, Zootaxa, 4734: 1–61, Pyron, O'Connell, Lemmon, Lemmon, and Beamer, 2020, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 146 (106751): 1–13, and Pyron, O'Connell, Lemmon, Lemmon, and Beamer, 2022, Ecol. Evol., 12 (2: e8574): 1–38, according to the original publication where mtDNA, nuDNA, and morphological evidence were discussed. 

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