Species Description: Townsend JH, Medina-Flores Murillo JL, Austin JD 2011 Cryptic diversity in Chortis Highland moss salamanders (Caudata: Plethodontidae: Nototriton) revealed using mtDNA barcodes and phylogenetics, with a new species from eastern Honduras, Systematics and Biodiversity, 9:275-287
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Coloration: Dorsally, the species exhibits a medium-dark, reddish-brown ground color on the head, body, and tail. Pale yellow blotches are concentrated mostly on the head, around the snout and eyes, and between the eyes and on the parotid glands. The blotches appear towards the termination of the tail until they completely encompass the distal third of the tail. This species also has yellow-brown herringbone patterns and shows dorsolateral stripes, extending from the hind legs to the tail. Ventrally, the species has a dark, blackish-gray color with some sporadic gray spotting. Pale-yellow coloration wraps around the dorsal side onto the ventral tail and the cloaca. The proximal two-thirds of the limbs also exhibit the same pale-yellow coloration (Townsend et al. 2011).
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Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Trends and Threats
It was named after the mountain on which it was discovered (Townsend et al. 2011).
Townsend, J. H., Medina-Flores, M., Murillo, J.L., Austin, J.D. (2011). ''Cryptic diversity in Chortis Highland moss salamanders (Caudata: Plethodontidae: Nototriton) revealed using mtDNA barcodes and phylogenetics, with a new species from eastern Honduras.'' Systematics and Biodiversity , 9(3), 275-287.
Written by Sally Westcott (slmwestcott AT berkeley.edu), URAP, UC Berkeley
First submitted 2011-11-15
Edited by Brent Nguyen (2012-04-10)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2012 Nototriton picucha <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/7705> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Mar 26, 2017.
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