Desmognathus lycos Pyron and Beamer, 2023

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

Desmognathus lycos Pyron and Beamer, 2023, Zootaxa, 5311: 489. Holotype: USNM 596925, by original designation. Type locality: "Hall Creek (N[orth]C[arolina]: Burke [County]; 35.604, -81.781; 445m ASL)." Zoobank publication registration: 55C03344-6CA2-43A1-9785-8E06B7A9BA03

English Names

Wolf Dusky Salamander (original publication). 


USA on the coastal Plain of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, through the western Piedmont and adjacent Blue Ridge foothills of central North Carolina, and across the Piedmont and upper Coastal Plain of eastern South Carolina; includes a small and unusually disjunct trans-Appalachian population segment in the Ridge and Valley of northeastern Tennessee; below 800 m elevation. 

Geographic Occurrence

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

Endemic: United States of America


This species was formerly referred to as the Desmognathus fuscus lineage C by Beamer and Lamb, 2020, Zootaxa, 4734: 1–61, according to the original description, where comparative morphology, molecular markers, habitat, and range were detailed, as well as noting that mitochondrial haplotypes are shared with Desmognathus carolinensis

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