Hydromantes platycephalus (Camp, 1916)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Plethodontidae > Subfamily: Plethodontinae > Genus: Hydromantes > Species: Hydromantes platycephalus

Spelerpes platycephalus Camp, 1916, Univ. California Publ. Zool., 17: 11. Holotype: MVZ 5693, by original designation. Type locality: "head of Lyell Cañon, 10,800 ft. altitude, Yosemite National Park, [Tuolumne County,] California", USA. Placed on the Official List of Specific Names in Zoology by Opinion 1866, Anonymous, 1997, Bull. Zool. Nomencl., 54: 72-74.

Eurycea platycephalaStejneger and Barbour, 1917, Check List N. Am. Amph. Rept.: 20; Grinnell and Storer, 1924, Animal Life in the YosemiteG: 652.

Hydromantes platycephalusDunn, 1923, Proc. New England Zool. Club, 8: 40.

Hydromantoides platycephalusLanza and Vanni, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 120.

Hydromantoides (Hydromantoides) platycephalusDubois, 1984, Alytes, 3: 108.

Hydromantes (Hydromantes) platycephalusWake, Salvador, and Alonso-Zarazaga, 2005, Amphibia-Reptilia, 26: 543–548.

English Names

Mount Lyell Salamander (Grinnell and Storer, 1924, Animal Life in the Yosemite: 652; Storer, 1925, Univ. California Publ. Zool., 27: 43; Slevin, 1928, Occas. Pap. California Acad. Sci., 16: 76; Bishop, 1943, Handb. Salamanders: 451; Stebbins, 1951, Amph. W. North Am.: 146; Schmidt, 1953, Check List N. Am. Amph. Rept., Ed. 6: 56; Conant, Cagle, Goin, Lowe, Neill, Netting, Schmidt, Shaw, Stebbins, and Bogert, 1956, Copeia, 1956: 174; Stebbins, 1966, Field Guide W. North Am. Rept. Amph.: 51; Collins, Huheey, Knight, and Smith, 1978, Herpetol. Circ., 7: 7; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 32; Collins, 1997, Herpetol. Circ., 25: 7; Crother, Boundy, Campbell, de Queiroz, Frost, Highton, Iverson, Meylan, Reeder, Seidel, Sites, Taggart, Tilley, and Wake, 2001 "2000", Herpetol. Circ., 29: 24; Stebbins, 2003, Field Guide W. Rept. Amph., Ed. 3: 195; Tilley, Highton, and Wake, 2012, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 39: 19; Collins and Taggart, 2009, Standard Common Curr. Sci. Names N. Am. Amph. Turtles Rept. Crocodil., ed. 6: 13; Tilley, Highton, and Wake, 2012, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 39: 28; Highton, Bonett, and Jockusch, 2017, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 43: 29).


High elevations (1220–3660 m) in the Sierra Nevada from Sierra and Placer counties south to Tulare and Inyo counties, California, USA.


See accounts by Gorman, 1964, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 11: 1, and Petranka, 1998, Salamand. U.S. Canada: 237–238. Stebbins, 2003, Field Guide W. Rept. Amph., Ed. 3: 195-196, and Raffaëlli, 2007, Les Urodèles du Monde: 318–319, provided brief accounts. Wake and Papenfuss, 2005, in Lannoo (ed.), Amph. Declines: 783–784, provided a detailed account that summarized the biology and conservation literature. Richardson and Gienger, 2007, Herpetol. Rev., 38: 213, discussed the range and provided the first record for Placer County, California, USA. Rovito, 2010, Mol. Ecol., 19: 454–457, implied that the differentiated, allopatric populations of this nominal species might be considered distinct species but did not make a taxonomic change. See related comment under Hydromantes brunusRaffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 442–443, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. 

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