Desmognathus pascagoula Pyron, O'Connell, Lamb, and Beamer, 2022

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

Desmognathus pascagoula Pyron, O'Connell, Lamb, and Beamer, 2022, Zootaxa, 5133: 66. Holotype: USNM 596040, by original designation. Type locality: "a small seep feeding into Ward Bayou at Ward Bayou WMA, Jackson Co., Mississippi (30.56, -88.62; 3m ASL)". Zoobank publication registration: 9EEE49B5-5B83-41F0-A2A6-32FF1D1EE2C4

Desmognathus (Desmognatus) pascagoula — Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 1002).

English Names

Pascagoula Dusky Salamander (original publication). 


Seeps or pools of leafy muck in the floodplains or swampy lowlands adjacent to larger creeks or rivers in southeastern Mississippi (Jackson, Green, and Perry counties) and southwestern Alabama (Baldwin and Mobile counties). 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: United States of America, United States of America - Alabama, United States of America - Mississippi

Endemic: United States of America


Previously confused with Desmognathus valentinei according to the original publication, where habitat, comparative morphology, and molecular systematics were detailed. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 1002–1003, provided an account summarizing systematics, morphology, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map).  

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