Desmognathus cheaha Pyron, O'Connell, Duncan, Burbrink, and Beamer, 2023

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

Desmognathus cheaha Pyron, O'Connell, Duncan, Burbrink, and Beamer, 2023, Syst. Biol., 72: 190. Holotype: USNM 596012, by original designation. Type locality: "Hillabee Creek, Mt. Cheaha, Cleburne Co., Alabama (33.489, -85.792; 362m ASL; . . .)".

English Names

Talladega Seal Salamander (original publication). 


Two distinct population segments; the first in the Ridge and Valley, Talladega Uplands, and associated Piedmont of western Georgia and east central Alabama with an elevational range of ca.. 123 to 371 m; and the second a disjunct Southeastern Plains population in the Red Hills of Alabama, ca. 31 to 95 m elevation. Isolated populations occur on the Fall Line in south-centralAlabama (Autauga County) and in the extreme northwestern panhandle of Florida (Escambia County); this latter population may be extirpated (according to the original publication). 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: United States of America, United States of America - Alabama, United States of America - Florida, United States of America - Georgia

Endemic: United States of America


Formerly confused with Desmognathus monticola according to the original publication. 

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