Plethodon pauleyi Felix, Wooten, Pierson, and Camp, 2019

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

Plethodon pauleyi Felix, Wooten, Pierson, and Camp, 2019, Zootaxa, 4609: 440. Holotype: MVZ 291261, by original designaiton. Type locality: "Pipestem State Park, rock outcrops just uphill and along River Trail near Mercer/Summers County line, West Virginia, United States of America, 37.53573°N, -81.01665°W (data = WGS84), 548 m asl".

English Names

Yellow-spotted Woodland Salamander (original publication). 


Currently known only from 12 sites in Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia, all within the Central Appalachian ecoregion (US EPA 2006) south of the New River; southernmost populations are mainly associated with Pine Mountain on the eastern edge of the Cumberland or Allegheny Plateau, also called the Allegheny Front;northern populations are found in the more heavily dissected portion of the Plateau, especially in the New and Bluestone River gorges; likely that populations occur in the intervening areas and that the species will eventually be discovered in Virginia, USA.

Geographic Occurrence

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

Likely/Controversially Present: United States of America - Virginia

Endemic: United States of America


In the Plethodon wehlei group according to the original publication, and previously confused with Plethodon wehrleiRaffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 908, provided an account summarizing systematics, morphology, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map).

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