Desmognathus aureatus (Martof, 1956)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Plethodontidae > Subfamily: Plethodontinae > Genus: Desmognathus > Species: Desmognathus aureatus

Leurognathus marmorata aureata Martof, 1956, Occas. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 575: 2. Holotype: UMMZ 111566, by original designation. Type locality: "Jarrard's Creek, 0.2 of a mile below its crossing of U.S. Route 19, about 9 air miles north-northeast of Dahlonega, Lumpkin County, Georgia; 1,550 feet elevation", USA. Status rejected by Martof, 1962, Am. Midl. Nat., 67: 30. See comment. 

Leurognathus marmoratus aureatusConant, 1958, Field Guide Rept. Amph. E. Cent. N. Am.: 228.

Desmognathus aureatus — Jones, Voss, Ptacek, Weisrock, and Tonkyn, 2006, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 38: 285. 

Desmognathus (Leurognathus) aureatus —  Dubois and Raffaëlli, 2012, Alytes, 28: 145. See comment under Desmognathus regarding the status of the subgenus. 

English Names

Golden Shovel-nosed Salamander (Conant, 1958, Field Guide Rept. Amph. E. Cent. N. Am.: 228). 


Chattahoochee, Tallulah, and Chattooga River basins of northeastern Georgia and adjacent South Carolina, USA. (See comment.)


See comment under Desmognathus marmoratus with which this taxon's history is deeply intertwined. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 432–433, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. 

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