Bolitoglossa helmrichi (Schmidt, 1936)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Plethodontidae > Subfamily: Hemidactyliinae > Genus: Bolitoglossa > Species: Bolitoglossa helmrichi

Oedipus helmrichi Schmidt, 1936, Field Mus. Nat. Hist. Publ., Zool. Ser., 20: 152. Holotype: FMNH 21063, by original designation. Type locality: "mountains above Finca Samac, west of Coban, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, at 5000 feet altitude".

Oedipus helmrichiStuart, 1943, Misc. Publ. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 56: 15.

Bolitoglossa helmrichiTaylor, 1944, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 30: 218.

Magnadigita helmrichiStuart, 1952, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 65: 5.

Bolitoglossa helmrichiWake and Brame, 1963, Copeia, 1963: 386.

Bolitoglossa (Magnadigita) helmrichiParra-Olea, García-París, and Wake, 2004, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 81: 336.

English Names

Coban Mushroomtongue Salamander (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 29).


Mountainous regions in cloudforest of southwestern Alta Verapaz and Baja Verapaz, Guatemala, 1000–2000 m elevation.


In the Bolitoglossa (Magnadigita) helmrichi group of Parra-Olea, García-París, and Wake, 2004, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 81: 336; formerly in the Bolitoglossa helmrichi group of Wake and Lynch, 1976, Sci. Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 25: 1-65. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 638. Köhler, 2011, Amph. Cent. Am.: 40–69, compared this species with others from Central America and provided a map and photograph. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 346, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.

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