Batrachoseps altasierrae Jockusch, Martínez-Solano, Hansen, and Wake, 2012

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Plethodontidae > Subfamily: Hemidactyliinae > Genus: Batrachoseps > Species: Batrachoseps altasierrae

Batrachoseps (Batrachoseps) altasierrae Jockusch, Martínez-Solano, Hansen, and Wake, 2012, Zootaxa, 3190: 13. Holotype: MVZ 59909, by original designation. Type locality: "1.5 mi [2.4 km] SE Alta Sierra [Greenhorn Mountains], Kern Co., California, USA (35.732°N, 118.538°W)".

English Names

Greenhorn Mountains Slender Salamander (original publication; Tilley, Highton, and Wake, 2012, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 39: 24; Highton, Bonett, and Jockusch, 2017, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 43: 24).

Distribution

Higher elevations (900–2440 m) of the southern Sierra Nevada from the northern side of lower Kern River Canyon to the Tule River drainage and upper elevations of the Little Kern Rier drainage in Kern and Tulare counties, California, USA; also from the western margins of the Kern Plateau, east of the Kern River, California, USA.

Comment

Confused with Batrachoseps relictus prior to its naming and the sister species of Batrachoseps kawia according to the original publication. See Fouquette and Dubois, 2014, Checklist N.A. Amph. Rept.: 96–97, for list of publications that confused this taxon with other species prior to its naming. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 256–257, provided a brief account, photograph, and map. 

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