Desmognathus valentinei Means, Lamb, and Bernardo, 2017

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

Desmognathus valentinei Means, Lamb, and Bernardo, 2017, Zootaxa, 4263: 484. Holotype: MCZ A-143850, by original designation. Type locality: "Talisheek Bay swamp, ~20 m elevation, east of Money Hill Road, 30.568056˚ N, 89.927778˚ W, in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana", USA.  

Desmognathus (Desmognatus) valentinei — Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 1001).

English Names

Valentine’s Southern Dusky Salamander (original publication; Highton, Bonett, and Jockusch, 2017, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 43: 26). 

Valentine's Dusky Salamander (Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 1001).


Southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi, USA. 

Geographic Occurrence

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

Endemic: United States of America


Confused with Desmognathus auriculatus prior to its naming according to the original publication. Pyron, O'Connell, Lemmon, Lemmon, and Beamer, 2022, Ecol. Evol., 12 (2: e8574): 1–38, provided molecular evidence that nominal Desmognathus valentinei is composed of two lineage-species. One of these, from southeastern Mississippi and southwestern Alabama, was subsequently named as Desmognathus pascagoulaRaffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 1001–1002, provided an account summarizing systematics, morphology, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map).

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