Ambystoma leorae (Taylor, 1943)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Ambystomatidae > Genus: Ambystoma > Species: Ambystoma leorae

Rhyacosiredon leorae Taylor, 1943, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 29: 345. Holotype: EHT-HMS 22560, by original designation; now FMNH 100041 according to Marx, 1976, Fieldiana, Zool., 69: 41. Type locality: "mountain stream near Río Frío, México, either in the state of Puebla or México (Balsas River drainage system)", Mexico.

Ambystoma leoraeBrandon, 1989, in Armstrong and Malacinski (eds.), Developmental Biol. Axolotl: 18. Smith and Smith, 1993, Synops. Herpetofauna Mex., 7:11; by implication; Reilly and Brandon, 1994, Copeia, 1994: 656-662.

Ambystoma (Heterotriton) leoraeDubois and Raffaëlli, 2012, Alytes, 28: 77-161.

English Names

Leora's Stream Siredon (Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 9; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 27).

Leora's Stream Salamander (Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 545; Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 27).


Restricted to the Iztaccihuatl-Popocatepetl National Park along the border of the state of Mexico with Puebla, 3000 to over 4000 m elevation. 


See map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 545. Sunny, Monroy-Vilchis, Fajardo, and Aguilera-Reyes, 2014, Conserv. Genetics, 15: 49–59, documented the genetic structure of what is likely the last remaining population. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 102, provided a brief account, photo, and map. Monroy-Vilchis, Zarco-González, Domínguez-Vega, and Sunny, 2015, Herpetozoa, Wien, 27: 166–168, discussed new records, natural history, and threat status of the species. 

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