Plethodon elongatus Van Denburgh, 1916

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

Plethodon elongatus Van Denburgh, 1916, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 6: 216. Holotype: CAS 29096, by original designation. Type locality: "Requa, Del Norte County, California", USA.

Plethodon elongatus elongatusStebbins, 1985, Field Guide W. Rept. Amph., Ed. 2: 48.

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

English Names

Del Norte Salamander (Storer, 1925, Univ. California Publ. Zool., 27: 43; Slevin, 1928, Occas. Pap. California Acad. Sci., 16: 55; Bishop, 1943, Handb. Salamanders: 246; Stebbins, 1951, Amph. W. North Am.: 72; Schmidt, 1953, Check List N. Am. Amph. Rept., Ed. 6: 39; Conant, Cagle, Goin, Lowe, Neill, Netting, Schmidt, Shaw, Stebbins, and Bogert, 1956, Copeia, 1956: 175; Stebbins, 1966, Field Guide W. North Am. Rept. Amph.: 43; 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: 173; Tilley, Highton, and Wake, 2012, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 39: 20; 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).


Humid coastal forest from northern side of Rogue River, Oregon, to near Orick and inland to vicinity of Willow Creek, Humboldt County, California, USA.


In the Plethodon elongatus group of Highton and Larson, 1979, Syst. Zool., 28: 579–599. Reviewed by Brodie and Storm, 1971, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 102: 1–2. Stebbins, 2003, Field Guide W. Rept. Amph., Ed. 3: 173-174, provided a brief account, figure, and map. Mahoney, 2004, Mol. Ecol., 13: 149–166, reported on phylogeography of this species and its sister species, Plethodon stormi. Mead, Clayton, Nauman, Olson, and Pfrender, 2005, Herpetologica, 61: 158–177, reported on phylogeographic patterns and contact zones with Plethodon stormiWelsh and Bury, 2005, in Lannoo (ed.), Amph. Declines: 806–807, provided a detailed account that summarized the biology and conservation literature. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 639. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 405–406, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. 

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