Plethodon nettingi Green, 1938

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

Plethodon nettingi Green, 1938, Ann. Carnegie Mus., 27: 295. Holotype: CM 10279, by original designation. Type locality: "above 4,000 feet on Barton Knob, near Cheat Bridge, [Randolph County,] West Virginia", USA.

Plethodon richmondi nettingiHighton and Grobman, 1956, Herpetologica, 12: 187.

Plethodon nettingi nettingiThurow, 1968, Ser. Biol. Sci., W. Illinois Univ., 6: 36.

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

English Names

Cheat Mountain Salamander (Bishop, 1943, Handb. Salamanders: 266; Schmidt, 1953, Check List N. Am. Amph. Rept., Ed. 6: 37; Conant, Cagle, Goin, Lowe, Neill, Netting, Schmidt, Shaw, Stebbins, and Bogert, 1956, Copeia, 1956: 175; Conant, 1975, Field Guide Rept. Amph. E. Cent. N. Am., Ed. 2: 275; 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; 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).


From elevations of 750 to 1463 m in the Cheat Mountains of West Virginia, USA.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: United States of America, United States of America - West Virginia

Endemic: United States of America, United States of America - West Virginia


In the Plethodon cinereus group of Highton and Larson, 1979, Syst. Zool., 28: 579–599. Former subspecies Plethodon hubrichti and Plethodon shenandoah were considered distinct species by Highton and Larson, 1979, Syst. Zool., 28: 587. See accounts by Highton, 1986, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 383: 1–2, and Petranka, 1998, Salamand. U.S. Canada: 381–383. Pauley, Pauley, and Watson, 2005, in Lannoo (ed.), Amph. Declines: 829–831, 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: 640. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 391, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Rowan, Arbogast, and Kamel, 2022, Conserv. Genetics, 23: 699–711, reporting on the negative genetic consequences of habitat fragmentation with recommendations for conservation action. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 896–897, provided an account summarizing morphology, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map). 

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