Yellow-throated Web-footed Salamander
Species Description: Boza-Oviedo E, Rovito SM, Chaves G, Garcia-Rodriguez A, Artavia LG, Bolanos F, Wake DB 2012. Salamanders from the eastern Cordillera de Talamanca, Costa Rica, with descriptions of five new species (Plethodontidae: Bolitoglossa, Nototriton, and Oedipina) and natural history notes from recent expeditions. Zootaxa 3309: 36- 61.
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Compared to other members of Bolitoglossa, B. aureogularis is moderate sized with a slender build. The snout-vent length of the holotype (48.8 mm) is almost equivalent to those of B. splendida (a geographic neighbor), B. pesrubra, B. subpalmata, and B. gomezi (all Talamancan species). It has a narrow head and relatively short, rounded snout with small nostrils; eyes are also small and do not extend beyond the margins of the head. Its nasolabial protuberances are not pronounced. It has moderate webbing on its hands and feet, more extensive on the latter, with well-differentiated digits (Boza-Oviedo et al. 2012).
Its coloration is seen in both adults and juveniles (Boza-Oviedo et al. 2012).
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Costa Rica
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Based on mtDNA phylogenetic analysis, B. aureogularis is most closely related to B. robinsoni, which represents a previously unknown clade that is well supported and consists so far of only these two species, which are strikingly different in morphology and coloration. B. aureogularis occurs in the north and west of eastern Costa Rica while B. robinsoni to the south and east into western Panama (Boza-Oviedo et al. 2012). In contrast to the slender B. aureogularis, B. robinsoni, is robust and larger (45 - 63 mm) in snout-vent length, with large protruding eyes. B. robinsoni has yellow speckling throughout its dark body (Bolaños and Wake 2009).
Bolaños, F. and Wake, D. B. (2009). ''Two new species of montane web-footed salamanders (Plethodontidae: Bolitoglossa) from the Costa Rica-Panamá border region.'' Zootaxa, 1981, 57-68.
Boza-Oviedo, E., Rovito, S.M., Chaves, G., Garcia-Rodriguez, A., Artavia, L.G., Bolanos, F., Wake, D.B. (2012). ''Salamanders from the eastern Cordillera de Talamanca, Costa Rica, with descriptions of five new species (Plethodontidae: Bolitoglossa, Nototriton, and Oedipina) and natural history notes from recent expeditions.'' Zootaxa, 3309, 36 - 61.
Written by Michelle S. Koo (mkoo AT berkeley.edu), Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley
First submitted 2012-08-05
Edited by Michelle S. Koo (2012-08-05)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2012 Bolitoglossa aureogularis: Yellow-throated Web-footed Salamander <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/7820> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Apr 26, 2017.
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