Desmognathus intermedius (Pope, 1928)

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

Leurognathus marmorata intermedia Pope, 1928, Am. Mus. Novit., 306: 14. Holotype: AMNH 25557, by original designation. Type locality: "Davis Gap, Waynesville, North Carolina", USA; emended by Bishop, 1943, Handb. Salamanders: 224, to "Davis Farm, about 2 miles east and a little north of Waynesville, (Haywood County) on Highway No. 276." Status rejected by Martof, 1962, Am. Midl. Nat., 67: 30.

Leurognathus intermedia — Pope and Hairston, 1947, Fieldiana, Zool., 31: 160.

Leurognathus marmorata melania Martof, 1956, Occas. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 575: 6. Holotype: UMMZ 111564, by original designation. Type locality: "Otter Creek, tributary of the Nantahala River, 0.5 of a mile west of Tellico Gap, Macon County, North Carolina; 3,600 feet elevation", USA. Status rejected by Martof, 1962, Am. Midl. Nat., 67: 30. Synonymy by Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World:  1013. 

Leurognathus marmoratus melaniusConant, 1958, Field Guide Rept. Amph. E. Cent. N. Am.: 229.

Desmognathus (Leurognathus) melaniusDubois and Raffaëlli, 2012, Alytes, 28: 145. 

Desmognathus (Leurognathus) intermedius — Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 1013. 

English Names

Black Shovel-nosed Salamander (Conant, 1958, Field Guide Rept. Amph. E. Cent. N. Am.: 229).

Otter Creek Dusky Salamander (Fouquette and Dubois, 2014, Checklist N.A. Amph. Rept.: 178). 

Central Shovel-nosed Dusky Salamander (Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 1013). 

Southern Shovel-nosed Salamander (Schmidt, 1953, Check List N. Am. Amph. Rept., Ed. 6: 32; Conant, Cagle, Goin, Lowe, Neill, Netting, Schmidt, Shaw, Stebbins, and Bogert, 1956, Copeia, 1956: 174).

Pope's Salamander (Bishop, 1943, Handb. Salamanders: 224).


Nantahala, Cheoh, Oconaluftee, Little Pigeon, Pigeon, and Tuckasegee River drainages of Appalachian western North Carolina and adjacent Tennessee, USA. 

Geographic Occurrence

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

Endemic: United States of America


See comments under Desmognathus marmoratus, where literature for when Desmognathus intermedius was considered part of that taxon. Desmognathus intermedius is the Desmognathus marmoratus C of Beamer and Lamb, 2020, Zootaxa, 4734: 1–61, as discussed by Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 1013–1014, provided an account summarizing systematics, morphology, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map).

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