Chiropterotriton Taylor, 1944

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Plethodontidae > Subfamily: Hemidactyliinae > Genus: Chiropterotriton
15 species

Chiropterotriton Taylor, 1944, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 30: 213. Type species: Oedipus multidentatus Taylor, 1939, by original designation.

English Names

Splayfoot Salamanders (Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 11; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 30).

Flat-footed Salamanders (Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 30).

Distribution

West-central Tamaulipas in the north to the mountains of northern Oaxaca in the south, Mexico.

Comment

Species formerly placed in the Chiropterotriton beta group (see Wake and Lynch, 1976, Sci. Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 25: 1-65) were transferred to Dendrotriton and Nototriton by Wake and Elias, 1983, Contrib. Sci. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 345: 11. Darda, 1994, Herpetologica, 50: 164-187, discussed taxonomy, phylogenetics, species groups, and the large number of unnamed species. The northern group in his arrangement is paraphyletic with respect to the southern group; these grouping were followed by Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 289–296, who provide brief accounts, photographs, and maps for the species. See also Wake and Lynch, 1976, Sci. Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 25: 1-65, who also discussed phylogeny within the group. Parra-Olea, 2003, Canad. J. Zool., 81: 2048-2060, discussed phylogeny in the group and noted 7 unnamed (at that time) species. Wiens, Parra-Olea, García-París, and Wake, 2007, Proc. R. Soc. London, Ser. B, Biol. Sci., 274: 918-928, provided a placement of Chiropterotriton and a phylogeny of the species. In the tribe Bolitoglossini of Vieites, Román, Wake, and Wake, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 59: 633. Campbell, Streicher, Cox, and Brodie, 2014, S. Am. J. Herpetol.: 228–234, provided a useful table of updated comparative morphology of the species. 

Contained taxa (15 sp.):

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