Plethodon cheoah Highton and Peabody, 2000

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

Plethodon cheoah Highton and Peabody, 2000, in Bruce et al., Biol. Plethodontid Salamanders: 62. Holotype: USNM 459012, by original designation. Type locality: "Bellcollar Gap (35° 19′ 20″ N 83° 41′ 11″ W), 0.6 km southwest of the top of Cheoah Bald, at an elevation of 1445 m, Graham-Swain County line, North Carolina", USA.

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

English Names

Cheoah Bald Salamander (original publication; Crother, Boundy, Campbell, de Queiroz, Frost, Highton, Iverson, Meylan, Reeder, Seidel, Sites, Taggart, Tilley, and Wake, 2001 "2000", Herpetol. Circ., 29: 26; Tilley, Highton, and Wake, 2012, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 39: 20; Collins and Taggart, 2009, Standard Common Curr. Sci. Names N. Am. Amph. Turtles Rept. Crocodil., ed. 6: 13; Tilley, Highton, and Wake, 2012, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 39: 29; Highton, Bonett, and Jockusch, 2017, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 43: 31).

Distribution

Cheoah Bald, in Graham and Swain counties, North Carolina, USA, 975–1524 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: 794–795, provided a detailed account that summarized the biology and conservation literature. See map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 583. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 403, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. 

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