Chiropterotriton orculus (Cope, 1865)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Plethodontidae > Subfamily: Hemidactyliinae > Genus: Chiropterotriton > Species: Chiropterotriton orculus

Spelerpes orculus Cope, 1865, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 17: 196. Syntypes: USNM or ANSP, lost according to Brame, 1972, Checklist Living & Fossil Salamand. World (Unpubl. MS): 277. Type locality: "Mexican Table Land".

Chiropterotriton orculusDarda, 1994, Herpetologica, 50: 164-187.

English Names

Cope's Flat-footed Salamander (Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 30).


Northern Morelos to northern Puebla, Mexico. 


See comment under Chiropterotriton chiropterus. Removed from the synonymy of Chiropterotriton chiropterus by Darda, 1994, Herpetologica, 50: 167-187, where it had been placed by Cope, 1869, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 21: 106. See discussion by Parra-Olea, 2003, Canad. J. Zool., 81: 2058, who differed with Darda to which population this name applies. Campbell, Streicher, Cox, and Brodie, 2014, S. Am. J. Herpetol.: 231, provided a useful table of updated comparative morphology of the species. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 294, provided a brief account, photograph, and map and who noted nine unnamed species on the basis of evidence published by Darda (1994).

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