Desmognathus abditus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Desmognathus abditus
Species Authority: Anderson and Tilley, 2003
Common Name(s):
English Cumberland Dusky Salamander

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Assessor(s): Geoffrey Hammerson
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Near Threatened since it has an extent of occurrence of significantly less than 5,000 km2, but is known from a few more than five locations, and is not known to be declining.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is restricted to the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee, USA, at 400-700m asl, from just south of the Cumberland Mountains near Wartburg, Morgan County, south to near Tracy City, Grundy County.
United States
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Population [top]

Population: There is no information available on the population status of this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is found near streams on this forested plateau. Individuals are most often found on land but within a metre of water, or under rocks along small streams and under moss and debris on vertical rock faces behind cascades.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): A major threat in this area is habitat loss and degradation due to the building of second and retirement homes.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is found in two protected areas: Frozen Head State Natural Area Reserve and Obed National Scenic River.

Citation: Geoffrey Hammerson 2006. Desmognathus abditus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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