Plethodon petraeus Wynn, Highton, and Jacobs, 1988

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

Plethodon petraeus Wynn, Highton, and Jacobs, 1988, Herpetologica, 44: 135. Holotype: USNM 267205, by original designation. Type locality: "34° 39′ 50″ N and 85° 22′ 10″ W, at an elevation of 310 m, at the mouth of Dickson Gulf on the eastern slope of Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, Georgia", USA.

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

English Names

Pigeon Mountain Salamander (Wynn, Highton, and Jacobs, 1988, Herpetologica, 44: 135; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 33; Collins, 1997, Herpetol. Circ., 25: 9; Crother, Boundy, Campbell, de Queiroz, Frost, Highton, Iverson, Meylan, Reeder, Seidel, Sites, Taggart, Tilley, and Wake, 2001 "2000", Herpetol. Circ., 29: 27; Collins and Taggart, 2009, Standard Common Curr. Sci. Names N. Am. Amph. Turtles Rept. Crocodil., ed. 6: 14; Tilley, Highton, and Wake, 2012, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 39: 30; Highton, Bonett, and Jockusch, 2017, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 43: 32).

Distribution

Eastern slope of Pigeon Mountain and Lookout Mountain in northwestern Georgia (Walker and Chattanooga counties), USA, 220–570 m elevation.

Comment

In the Plethodon glutinosus group, but not particularly closely related to any other member of this group, according to the original publication. See accounts by Petranka, 1998, Salamand. U.S. Canada: 389, and Jensen and Camp, 2004, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 783: 1–2. Jensen and Camp, 2005, in Lannoo (ed.), Amph. Declines: 833–834, 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: 584. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 396, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. 

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