Plethodon ainsworthi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Plethodon ainsworthi
Species Authority: Lazell, 1998
Common Name(s):
English Ainsworth's Salamander

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Geoffrey Hammerson
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Extinct because it has not been recorded since 1964, and extensive searches have failed to locate this species.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from two specimens that were collected on 12 June 1964, two miles south of Bay Springs, Jasper County, Mississippi, USA (Lazell 1998).
Regionally extinct:
United States
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Population [top]

Population: It is probably extinct because the species has not been observed since 1964, and members of this genus are relatively easy to detect.

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The specimens were collected in springhead litter (Lazell 1998). It was presumably a terrestrial breeder with a direct development breeding strategy.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although the threats are not well known, it seems possible that habitat loss through deforestation might have caused the species' extinction.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation measures needed; this species is extinct.

Citation: Geoffrey Hammerson 2004. Plethodon ainsworthi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 28 August 2015.
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