Plethodon metcalfi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Plethodon metcalfi
Species Authority: Brimley, 1912
Common Name/s:
English Southern Gray-cheeked Salamander
Taxonomic Notes: This species was recently separated from Plethodon jordani (Highton and Peabody 2000).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor/s: Geoffrey Hammerson
Reviewer/s: Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Least Concern since, although its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 20,000 km2, it is common and reasonably adaptable with a presumed large population, and it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species can be found in cowee isolate, Balsam isolate (except the extreme northern part), and the Blue Ridge isolate (except the extreme northeastern part) of the Plethodon jordani complex, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, USA; it has an elevational range at least 256-1,295m asl (usually above 800m asl) (Highton and Peabody 2000).
United States
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Population [top]

Population: Highton and Peabody (2000) listed 13 sampling locations. It is locally a fairly common species.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It can be found in mesic forest, often under leaf-litter, logs, or mossy rocks. It is a terrestrial breeder with direct development. It is fairly tolerant of timber cutting. Seven hours of search effort over four nights in each of two sites yielded 50 individuals in an area that had been clear-cut 10 years earlier and 65 individuals in a forested site (Ash et al. 2003).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although clear-cutting probably causes initial declines, this species shows a good ability to recover population densities, and it is probably not significantly threatened.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Research on population status and trends needed. It occurs in some protected areas.
Citation: Geoffrey Hammerson 2004. Plethodon metcalfi. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 21 April 2014.
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