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: 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 wide distribution and presumed large population.
2004 Least Concern

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). It can be found up to 1,700 m asl.
United States
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Population [top]

Population: Total adult population size is unknown, but it probably exceeds 10,000. It is considered to be 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. It is 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

Use and Trade [top]

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

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is overall unthreatened. 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: It occurs in many protected areas.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2014. Plethodon serratus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 01 September 2015.
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