Ambystoma velasci
Mexican Tiger Salamander
Subgenus: Heterotriton
family: Ambystomatidae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
See IUCN account.
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None


A very large salamander with a stout body, broad head, and small eyes. It is covered with yellow to olive spots or blotches irregularly scattered over the back and sides.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Mexico

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A Mexican salamander whose distribution reaches as far north as the New Mexico border. Its range extends through central Mexico as far south as Mexico City , avoiding either coast.

Formerly included as a subspecies of A. tigrinum known as A. t. velasci, it is now generally recognized to be an independent species.


Petranka, J. W. (1998). Salamanders of the United States and Canada. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington and London.

Written by Brian Petirs (bpetirs AT, UC Berkeley
First submitted 2001-10-30
Edited by Vance Vrfedenburg (2002-02-13)

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