Plethodon dunni Bishop, 1934

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Plethodontidae > Subfamily: Plethodontinae > Genus: Plethodon > Species: Plethodon dunni

Plethodon dunni Bishop, 1934, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 47: 169. Holotype: USNM 95196, by original designation. Type locality: "Just outside the city limits of Portland, Oregon in Clackamas County", USA.

Plethodon gordoni Brodie, 1970, Herpetologica, 26: 497. Holotype: USNM 166687, by original designation. Type locality: "Dinner Creek (T13S, R7W, Sec. 1, NW quarter), Benton County, Oregon", USA. Synonymy by Feder, Wurst, and Wake, 1978, Herpetologica, 34: 69.

Plethodon (Hightonia) dunniVieites, Nieto-Roman, Wake, and Wake, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 59: 632.

English Names

Dunn Salamander (Stebbins, 1951, Amph. W. North Am.: 68).

Western Tan-backed Salamander (Bishop, 1943, Handb. Salamanders: 242).

Dunn's Salamander (Bishop, 1943, Handb. Salamanders: 242; Schmidt, 1953, Check List N. Am. Amph. Rept., Ed. 6: 38; Conant, Cagle, Goin, Lowe, Neill, Netting, Schmidt, Shaw, Stebbins, and Bogert, 1956, Copeia, 1956: 175; Stebbins, 1966, Field Guide W. North Am. Rept. Amph.: 40; Collins, Huheey, Knight, and Smith, 1978, Herpetol. Circ., 7: 8; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 32; Collins, 1997, Herpetol. Circ., 25: 8; Crother, Boundy, Campbell, de Queiroz, Frost, Highton, Iverson, Meylan, Reeder, Seidel, Sites, Taggart, Tilley, and Wake, 2001 "2000", Herpetol. Circ., 29: 26; Stebbins, 2003, Field Guide W. Rept. Amph., Ed. 3: 169; Collins and Taggart, 2009, Standard Common Curr. Sci. Names N. Am. Amph. Turtles Rept. Crocodil., ed. 6: 14; Tilley, Highton, and Wake, 2012, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 39: 29; Highton, Bonett, and Jockusch, 2017, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 43: 31).

Mary's Peak Salamander (Plethodon gordoni [no longer recognized]: Nussbaum, Brodie, and Storm, 1983, Amph. Rept. Pacific Northwest: 93).


From southwestern Washington south through western Oregon to northern Del Norte County, California, USA.


In the Plethodon vehiculum group of Highton and Larson, 1979, Syst. Zool., 28: 579–599. See accounts by Storm and Brodie, 1970, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 82: 1–2, and Petranka, 1998, Salamand. U.S. Canada: 349–352. See Nussbaum, Brodie, and Storm, 1983, Amph. Rept. Pacific Northwest: 93–94, for discussion of the status of Plethodon gordoni. Stebbins, 2003, Field Guide W. Rept. Amph., Ed. 3: 169–170, provided a brief account, figure, and map. Bury, 2005, in Lannoo (ed.), Amph. Declines: 803–805, provided a detailed account that summarized the biology and conservation literature. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 407, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Pelletier and Carstens, 2016, J. Biogeograph., 43: 2237–2249, reported on Pleistocene biogeography. 

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