Desmognathus melanius (Martof, 1956)

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

Leurognathus marmorata melania Martof, 1956, Occas. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 575: 6. Holotype: UMMZ 111564, by original designation. Type locality: "Otter Creek, tributary of the Nantahala River, 0.5 of a mile west of Tellico Gap, Macon County, North Carolina; 3,600 feet elevation", USA. Status rejected by Martof, 1962, Am. Midl. Nat., 67: 30. See comment. 

Leurognathus marmoratus melaniusConant, 1958, Field Guide Rept. Amph. E. Cent. N. Am.: 229.

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

English Names

Black Shovel-nosed Salamander (Conant, 1958, Field Guide Rept. Amph. E. Cent. N. Am.: 229).

Otter Creek Dusky Salamander (Fouquette and Dubois, 2014, Checklist N.A. Amph. Rept.: 178). 


Nantahala drainage of Appalachian western North Carolina and adjacent Tennessee, USA. 


See comment under Desmognathus marmoratus, with which the literature of this taxon is deeply intertwined. 

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