Bolitoglossa platydactyla (Gray, 1831)

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

Salamandra variegata Gray In Cuvier, 1831, Animal Kingdom (Griffith), 9: 107. Syntypes: BMNH 1946.9.6.18 (formerly (a specimen of Bolitoglossa mexicana) and 1946.9.6.16 (formerly 1848.8.16.24) (a specimen of Bolitoglossa platydactyla, according to D.B. Wake IN Thireau, 1986, Cat. Types Urodeles Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat., Rev. Crit.: 41. BMNH 1848.8.16.24 designated lectotype by García-París, Parra-Olea, Brame, and Wake, 2002, Rev. Esp. Herpetol., 16: 61. Type locality: Mexico; restricted to "Jalapa", Veracruz, Mexico by Smith and Taylor, 1950, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 33: 348. Primary homonym of Salamandra variegata Bory, 1828 (= Triturus marmoratus).

Salamandra platydactylus Gray, 1831, in Cuvier, Animal Kingdom (Griffith), 9—Appendix: 107. Replacement name for Salamandra variegata Gray, 1831.

Oedipus platydactylusTschudi, 1838, Classif. Batr.: 58, 93.

Oedipus variegatusGray, 1850, Cat. Spec. Amph. Coll. Brit. Mus., Batr. Grad.: 48.

Geotriton carbonarius Cope, 1861 "1860", Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 12: 373. Syntypes: ANSP 503-4, according to Fowler and Dunn, 1917, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 69: 21; Malnate, 1971, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 123: 347. Type locality: None given; but data with types is "Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico." Synonymy (with Salamandra variegata) by Fowler and Dunn, 1917, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 69: 21, and García-París, Parra-Olea, Brame, and Wake, 2002, Rev. Esp. Herpetol., 16: 61.

Oedipus carbonariusCope, 1869, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 21: 103.

Spelerpes variegatusStrauch, 1870, Mem. Acad. Imp. Sci. St. Petersbourg, Ser. 7, 16 (4): 84.

Bolitoglossa platydactylaTaylor, 1944, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 30: 219.

Bolitoglossa (Bolitoglossa) platydactylaParra-Olea, García-París, and Wake, 2004, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 81: 335.

English Names

Broadfoot Mushroomtongue Salamander (Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 10; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 30).

Broad-footed Salamander (Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 29).


Tropical forests and savannas of southern Tamaulipas and eastern San Luis Potosí south through Hidalgo to southern Veracruz, Puebla, Oaxaca, and extreme northeastern Chiapas, Mexico, below 1300 m elevation.


In the subgenus Bolitoglossa of Parra-Olea, García-París, and Wake, 2004, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 81: 335, formerly the Bolitoglossa mexicana group. Canseco-Márquez, Gutiérrez-Mayén, and Salazar-Arenas, 2000, Herpetol. Rev., 31: 259, provided the first report for Puebla. García-París, Parra-Olea, Brame, and Wake, 2002, Rev. Esp. Herpetol., 16: 43-71, regarded this species to be the sister taxon of a group composed of Bolitoglossa lignicolor, Bolitoglossa odonnelli, Bolitoglossa alberchi, Bolitoglossa mombachoensis, Bolitoglossa striatula, Bolitoglossa yucatana, and Bolitoglossa mexicana; they also discussed the difficult taxonomic history of this species. Hernández-Salinas, Ramírez-Bautista, and Leyte-Manrique, 2008, Herpetol. Rev., 39: 231, provided a second record for the state of Hidalgo and briefly discussed the range in that state. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 638. Lemos-Espinal and Dixon, 2013, Amphibians and Reptiles of San Luis Potosí : 23-24, provided an account for San Luis Potosí, Mexico. 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.: 309, provided a brief account, photograph, and map. Farr, Sosa-Tobar, Ugalde-Rodríguez, Vite-Ramírez, and Lazcano, 2016, Herpetol. Rev., 47: 244–245, provided a record from the municipality of Altamira, Tamaulipas, Mexico, about 146 km to the southeast of Gomez Farias, the nearest locality. See account by Cázares-Hernández, Molohua Tzitzihua, Méndez Quiahua, Quiahua Colotl, Temoxtle Marquez, Rodriguez Merino, and Apale Pacheco, 2018, Tlaconetes: 1–92, for photos, habitat, life history, and conservation. Lemos-Espinal and Dixon, 2016, Amph. Rept. Hidalgo: 330–331, provided a brief account and map for Hidalgo, Mexico. 

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