Plethodon amplus Highton and Peabody, 2000

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Plethodontidae > Subfamily: Plethodontinae > Genus: Plethodon > Species: Plethodon amplus

Plethodon amplus Highton and Peabody, 2000, in Bruce et al., Biol. Plethodontid Salamanders: 60. Holotype: USNM 446296, by original designation. Type locality: "south slope of Little Pisgah Mountain (35° 29′ 42″ N 82° 20′ 08″ W, locality 31), Henderson County, North Carolina, at an elevation of 1109 m", USA.

Plethodon (Plethodon) amplusVieites, Román, Wake, and Wake, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 59: 632, by implication.

English Names

Blue Ridge Gray-cheeked Salamander (original publication; Crother, Boundy, Campbell, de Queiroz, Frost, Highton, Iverson, Meylan, Reeder, Seidel, Sites, Taggart, Tilley, and Wake, 2001 "2000", Herpetol. Circ., 29: 25; Tilley, Highton, and Wake, 2012, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 39: 20; Tilley, Highton, and Wake, 2012, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 39: 29; Powell, Conant, and Collins, 2016, Field Guide Rept. Amph. E. North Am., 4th ed.: 74; Highton, Bonett, and Jockusch, 2017, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 43: 30).

Blue Ridge Graycheek Salamander (Collins and Taggart, 2009, Standard Common Curr. Sci. Names N. Am. Amph. Turtles Rept. Crocodil., ed. 6: 13).

Distribution

Blue Ridge Mountains of Buncombe, Rutherford, and Henderson counties, North Carolina, USA, 1109–1116 m elevation.

Comment

In the Plethodon glutinosus group, Plethodon jordani complex, according to the original publication. Weisrock and Larson, 2006, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 89: 25–51, discussed the phylogenetic status of this species. Beamer and Lannoo, 2005, in Lannoo (ed.), Amph. Declines: 789–790, provided a detailed account that summarized the biology and conservation literature. 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: 582. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 402, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. 

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