Plethodon montanus Highton and Peabody, 2000

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

Plethodon montanus Highton and Peabody, 2000, in Bruce et al., Biol. Plethodontid Salamanders: 58. Holotype: USNM 438400, by original designation. Type locality: "Deep Gap (36° 39′ 28″ N 81° 33′ 25″ W), 1 km west of the top of Mt. Rogers, Grayson-Smyth county line, Virginia, at an elevation of 500 m", USA.

Plethodon (Plethodon) montanusVieites, Nieto-Roman, Wake, and Wake, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 59: 632, by implication.

English Names

Northern Gray-cheeked Salamander (original publication; Crother, Boundy, Campbell, de Queiroz, Frost, Highton, Iverson, Meylan, Reeder, Seidel, Sites, Taggart, Tilley, and Wake, 2001 "2000", Herpetol. Circ., 29: 27; Tilley, Highton, and Wake, 2012, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 39: 21; Tilley, Highton, and Wake, 2012, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 39: 30; Powell, Conant, and Collins, 2016, Field Guide Rept. Amph. E. North Am., 4th ed.: 75; Highton, Bonett, and Jockusch, 2017, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 43: 31).

Northern Graycheek Salamander (Collins and Taggart, 2009, Standard Common Curr. Sci. Names N. Am. Amph. Turtles Rept. Crocodil., ed. 6: 14).


Isolated populations in the Valley and Ridge Province of Virgainia, and in the Blue Ridge Province of Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, USA.


In the Plethodon glutinosus group, Plethodon jordani complex, according to the original publication. Beamer and Lannoo, 2005, in Lannoo (ed.), Amph. Declines: 826–828, provided a detailed account that summarized the biology and conservation literature. Weisrock and Larson, 2006, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 89: 25–51, discussed the phylogenetic status of this species. Moskwik, 2014, J. Biogeograph., 41: 1957–1966, documented in this species significant elevational range changes since the 1940s. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 401, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Reynolds, Reynolds, Reynolds, and Reynolds, 2022, Herpetol. Rev., 53: 69, provided a record from Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA, from the High Top Mountains east of Hookers Gap.   

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