Rhyacotriton Dunn, 1920

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Rhyacotritonidae > Genus: Rhyacotriton
4 species

Rhyacotriton Dunn, 1920, Proc. New England Zool. Club, 7: 56. Type species: Ranodon olympicus Gaige, 1917, by original designation.

English Names

Olympic Salamanders (Conant, Cagle, Goin, Lowe, Neill, Netting, Schmidt, Shaw, Stebbins, and Bogert, 1956, Copeia, 1956: 175; Collins, Huheey, Knight, and Smith, 1978, Herpetol. Circ., 7: 9; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 34).

Torrent Salamanders (Collins, 1997, Herpetol. Circ., 25: 9; Crother, Boundy, Campbell, de Queiroz, Frost, Highton, Iverson, Meylan, Reeder, Seidel, Sites, Taggart, Tilley, and Wake, 2001 "2000", Herpetol. Circ., 29: 30; Tilley, Highton, and Wake, 2012, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 39: 22; Collins and Taggart, 2009, Standard Common Curr. Sci. Names N. Am. Amph. Turtles Rept. Crocodil., ed. 6: 15; Tilley, Highton, and Wake, 2012, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 39: 31; Highton, Bonett, and Jockusch, 2017, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 43: 33).

Seep Salamanders (Stebbins, 2003, Field Guide W. Rept. Amph., Ed. 3: 161).


Northwest USA.


Good, Wurst, and Wake, 1987, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 32: 1–15, reported on interpopulational allozymic variation, and Good and Wake, 1992, Univ. California Publ. Zool., 126: 1–91, reported on systematics. Highton, 2000, in Bruce et al., Biol. Plethodontid Salamanders: 228, the data presented by Good and Wake and suggested that their estimate of the number of species was low. Raffaëlli, 2007, Les Urodèles du Monde: 165–166, provided a brief account, figure, and map. Raffaëlli, 2007, Les Urodèles du Monde: 166–168, provided brief accounts, photographs, and maps. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543–583, confirmed the earlier placement of Rhyacotritonidae as the sister taxon of Amphiumidae + Plethodontidae, on the basis of molecular evidence. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 492–496, provided species accounts, summarizing systematics, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map).

Contained taxa (4 sp.):

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