Desmognathus tilleyi Pyron and Beamer, 2023

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

Desmognathus tilleyi Pyron and Beamer, 2023, Zootaxa, 5311: 486. Holotype: AMNH A-193893, by original designation. Type locality: "Lemon Gap (N[orth]C[arolina]: Madison [County]; 35.824, -82.937; 1064m ASL)." Zoobank publication registration: 55C03344-6CA2-43A1-9785-8E06B7A9BA03

English Names

Tilley’s Dusky Salamander (original publication). 

Max Patch Dusky Salamander (original publication). 


A relatively small geographic area centered on the southern portion of the Bald Mountains of Tennessee (Sevier and Cocke Counties) and North Carolina (Madison and Haywood Counties), USA, from Lemon Gap to the Pigeon River, and the adjacent foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains at elevations of ~400–1300 m.

Geographic Occurrence

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

Endemic: United States of America


This species represents Desmognathus conanti β lineage of Tilley, Bernardo, Katz, López, Roll, Eriksen, Kratovil, Bittner, and Crandall, 2013, Ecol. Evol., 3: 2547–2567, according to the original publication, where comparative morphology, molecular markers, habitat, and range were detailed. 

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