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Batrachoseps stebbinsi

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA CAUDATA PLETHODONTIDAE

Scientific Name: Batrachoseps stebbinsi
Species Authority: Brame and Murray, 1968
Common Name(s):
English Tehachapi Slender Salamander

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-01-12
Assessor(s): Geoffrey Hammerson
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Justification:
Listed as Vulnerable because it is known from fewer than five locations.
History:
2004 Vulnerable
1996 Vulnerable
1994 Rare (Groombridge 1994)
1990 Rare (IUCN 1990)
1988 Rare (IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1988)
1986 Rare (IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1986)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from two areas in Kern County, California, USA: scattered sites in the Caliente Creek drainage, Piute Mountains, southern Sierra Nevada, at 550-790m asl; and scattered populations in the Tehachapi Mountains from Tejon Canyon to Fort Tejon, recorded at 945-1,430m asl, which have tentatively have been assigned to this species (Hansen and Wake, 2005).
Countries:
Native:
United States
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Population [top]

Population: Individual populations are small and localized, but all populations are believed to be extant.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It can be found in seasonally shaded, north-facing slopes of canyons located in arid to semi-arid terrain. In the Caliente Canyon, they are associated with granitic or limestone talus and scattered rocks, where the vegetation consists of pine, oak, cottonwood, sycamore, and California buckeye. In the Tehachapi Mountains, salamanders occur in areas of downed wood or talus. It is a terrestrial breeder.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): At present there do not appear to be any significant threats. Potential threats include the development of Tejon Ranch for housing communities, and logging which might cause extirpation of populations. Some sites in Caliente Creek have been affected by road construction, mining, and cattle grazing, and potentially by flood control projects (Hansen and Wake, 2005).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Within Caliente Canyon, much of the known salamander habitat occurs on public lands administered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Much of the Tehachapi Mountains and adjoining areas are inaccessible owing to a combination of rugged terrain and private ownership. Needed conservation measures include the protection of public lands from logging and other alterations, and the acquisition of private lands, especially in the Tehachapi Mountains.

Citation: Geoffrey Hammerson 2010. Batrachoseps stebbinsi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 19 September 2014.
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