Plethodon kentucki 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Caudata Plethodontidae

Scientific Name: Plethodon kentucki Mittleman, 1951
Common Name(s):
English Cumberland Plateau Salamander
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2014. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6 (27 January 2014). New York, USA. Available at: (Accessed: 27 January 2014).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2014
Date Assessed: 2014-02-27
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Angulo, A.
Contributor(s): Hammerson, G.A. & Garcia Moreno, J.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Garcia Moreno, J.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution and presumed large population.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species can be found in Eastern Kentucky, northeastern Tennessee, southern West Virginia, and southwestern Virginia, USA (Petranka 1998). It occurs primarily in the Cumberland Plateau, but extending into the Valley and Ridge of Russell and Washington counties, Virginia.
Countries occurrence:
United States
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Population [top]

Population:The total adult population size is unknown but it probably exceeds 10,000. There are probably reduced populations in the past; expanded with current trend to reforestation.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Optimal conditions include mature hardwood forests (Petranka 1998). Generally individuals are found under or in rotting logs, stumps, or leaf-litter, or under rocks, during the day. They go underground during dry or freezing weather. Eggs are laid in rotting logs, underground, or in rock crevices. It is a terrestrial breeder.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There are no records of this species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Deforestation, agriculture, and strip-mining constitute potential threats. However, the general trend within its range is reforestation.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are several occurrences in Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, Jefferson National Forest, and Beaks Interstate Park. Maintaining the availability of mature hardwood forest habitat is important to the long-term persistence of viable populations.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2014. Plethodon kentucki. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T59344A56346124. . Downloaded on 19 June 2018.
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