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).

Distribution

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

Comment

See comments under Desmognathus marmoratus, where literature for when Desmognathus intermedius was considered part of that taxon. Desmognathus intermedius is the Desmognathus quadramaculatus C of Beamer and Lamb, 2020, Zootaxa, 4734: 1–61, as discussed by Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 1013–1014, who provided a detailed account of its range, natural history, and literature. 

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