Cryptotriton nasalis (Dunn, 1924)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Plethodontidae > Subfamily: Hemidactyliinae > Genus: Cryptotriton > Species: Cryptotriton nasalis

Oedipus nasalis Dunn, 1924, Field Mus. Nat. Hist. Publ., Zool. Ser., 12: 97. Holotype: FMNH 4568, by original designation. Type locality: "mountains west of San Pedro, [Cortés Department,] Honduras, at 2000 feet on trail"; corrected to "along the Quebrada del Infierno on the eastern slops of the Cerro de la Virtúd, 1370 m elevation, 15° 32′ N, 88° 06′ W", by McCranie, 2006, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 803: 2.

Chiropterotriton nasalisTaylor, 1944, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 30: 216.

Nototriton nasalisWake and Elias, 1983, Contrib. Sci. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 345: 11.

Nototriton wakei Campbell and Smith, 1998, Sci. Pap. Nat. Hist. Mus. Univ. Kansas, 6: 5. Holotype: UTA A-50002, by original designation. Type locality: "west slope of Cerro Pozo de Agua, Sierra de Caral, Municipio de Morales, Izabal, Guatemala, 1150 m elevation, (15° 22′ N, 88° 42′ W)". Synonymy by McCranie and Rovito, 2014, Zootaxa, 3795: 61. 

Cryptotriton wakei — García-París and Wake, 2000, Copeia, 2000: 58.

Cryptotriton nasalis — García-París and Wake, 2000, Copeia, 2000: 58.

English Names

Cortes Salamander (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 32).


Moderate and intermediate elevations (of the Sierra de Omoa on the Atlantic versant of northwestern Honduras, 1220–2200 m elevation; Sierra de Caral, Izabal, Guatemala, in cloud forest.


See account by McCranie and Wilson, 2002, Amph. Honduras: 135–140, who suggest that Cryptotriton wakei is conspecific with Cryptotriton nasalis. McCranie, 2006, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 803: 1–4, provided a review and (p. 3) doubted the distinctiveness of Cryptotriton wakeiMcCranie, 2007, Herpetol. Rev., 38: 36, summarized the departmental distribution in Honduras. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 570. Köhler, 2011, Amph. Cent. Am.: 70–72, compared this species with others from Central America and provided a map and photograph.  McCranie and Rovito, 2014, Zootaxa, 3795: : 67-70, formally placed Cryptotriton wakei into the synonymy of Cryptotriton nasalisRaffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 360, provided brief accounts (as Cryptotriton nasalis and Cryptotriton wakei), photograph, and range map.

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