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Plethodon albagula

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA CAUDATA PLETHODONTIDAE

Scientific Name: Plethodon albagula
Species Authority: Grobman, 1944
Common Name(s):
English White-throated Slimy Salamander, Western Slimy Salamander, Whitethroat Slimy Salamander
Synonym(s):
Plethodon glutinosus subspecies albagula Grobman, 1944
Taxonomic Notes: This species is part of the Plethodon glutinosus complex. It is not universally accepted as a valid species (Petranka 1998).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Hammerson, G.A.
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N., Chanson, J.S., Cox, N.A. & Young, B.E.
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from the central USA in southern Missouri, the highlands of northern and western Arkansas, the northern and central portions of eastern Oklahoma, and the Balcones Escarpment area of south-central Texas; also assigned to this species are populations from Independence, Johnson, Logan, Polk, Scott, and Van Buren counties, Arkansas; and Warren County, Missouri (north of the Missouri River) (Highton et al. 1989).
Countries:
Native:
United States
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Population [top]

Population: It is known from many populations throughout range.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is commonly under rocks or logs in damp ravines and moist wooded hillsides; it may retreat underground or burrow into piles of leaf-litter in dry summer weather; it sometimes occurs in the twilight zone of caves (Missouri, Johnson 1987, 2000). Wooded ravines and floodplains, along shale banks of rivers and streams, and cave entrances are also suitable habitats (Texas, Garrett and Barker 1987). Eggs are laid in damp protected locations underground, under rotten logs, or in other damp vegetative debris. There is no aquatic larval stage.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is apparently unthreatened and is locally impacted by deforestation.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None needed.

Citation: Hammerson, G.A. 2008. Plethodon albagula. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 02 October 2014.
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