Plethodon serratus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Plethodon serratus
Species Authority: Grobman, 1944
Common Name/s:
English Southern Redback Salamander

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 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 can be found in four widely separated geographic isolates in the USA: eastern Oklahoma-Arkansas; southeastern quarter of Missouri; eastern Tennessee-western North Carolina-Georgia-eastern Alabama and central Louisiana (Petranka 1998).
United States
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Population [top]

Population: Total adult population size is unknown but probably exceeds 10,000. It is locally common.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is found under rocks, rotten logs, and mosses in forested areas. In dry summer months it occurs in and near damp areas. Uncommonly found in twilight zone of caves. Eggs are laid in moss or rotten log, or under a rock or log, where they develop directly without a larval stage.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is unthreatened overall. Intensive harvest of mature forest greatly reduces salamander density in the logged area; population recovery occurs slowly (Herbeck and Larsen 1999).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None needed. It occurs in many protected areas.
Citation: Geoffrey Hammerson 2004. Plethodon serratus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 23 April 2014.
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