Plethodon larselli Burns, 1954

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

Plethodon vandykei larselli Burns, 1954, Herpetologica, 10: 83. Holotype: USNM 134129, by original designation. Type locality: "north slope of Larch Mountain, three miles from summit, on the Multnomah Falls Trail, Multnomah County, Oregon", USA.

Plethodon larselliBurns, 1962, Copeia, 1962: 177; Highton, 1962, Bull. Florida State Mus., Biol. Sci., 6: 260.

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

English Names

Larch Mountain Salamander (Conant, Cagle, Goin, Lowe, Neill, Netting, Schmidt, Shaw, Stebbins, and Bogert, 1956, Copeia, 1956: 175; Stebbins, 1966, Field Guide W. North Am. Rept. Amph.: 42; Collins, Huheey, Knight, and Smith, 1978, Herpetol. Circ., 7: 8; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 33; 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: 27; Stebbins, 2003, Field Guide W. Rept. Amph., Ed. 3: 172; 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: 30; Highton, Bonett, and Jockusch, 2017, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 43: 31).


Lower Columbia River Gorge of Multnomah and Hood River counties, Oregon, and Skamania County, Washington, USA.


In the Plethodon neomexicanus group of Highton and Larson, 1979, Syst. Zool., 28: 579–599. See accounts by Burns, 1964, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 13: 1, Petranka, 1998, Salamand. U.S. Canada: 377–379, and Brodie, 1970, Herpetologica, 26: 487–490. Geographic genetic variation reported by Howard, Wallace, and Larsen, 1983, Herpetologica, 39: 41–47. Stebbins, 2003, Field Guide W. Rept. Amph., Ed. 3: 172–173, provided a brief account, figure, and map. Herrington, 2005, in Lannoo (ed.), Amph. Declines: 821–822, provided a detailed account that summarized the biology and conservation literature. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 408, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Pelletier, Crisafulli, Wagner, Zellmer, and Carstens, 2015, Syst. Biol., 64: 909–925, provided a study of historical species distributions and suggested that this nominal species is composed of two independently evolving lineages. 

See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 639–640.

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