Species Description: Koehler, G., Ponce, M., and Batista, A. (2007). ''A new species of worm salamander (genus Oedipina) from Fortuna, western central Panama (Amphibia, Caudata, Plethodontidae).'' Senckenbergiana Biologica, 87, 213-217.
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In life, the background color on the back, top of the head, and tail is a Warm Sepia (221A) with a Tawny (38) colored stripe. The head also contains spotting of Buff (124) color with Antique Brown (37) irises. The ventral side is colored a Sepia (119) base with flecks of Drab-Gray (199D). The limbs are proximally Chamois (123D) and Vandyke Brown (121) more distally (Köhler et al. 2007).Only one specimen is known, so variability is not yet well understood.
Similar species: O. fortunensis is most similar to the Costa Rican species O. savagei. It can be distinguished from O. savagei by a greater number of maxillary teeth (27 for O. fortunensis, 7-18 for O. savagei), a less elongate third toe (vs. more elongate third toe for O. savagei), a single large premaxillary tooth that is distinctly offset (vs. 3-4 very small premaxillary teeth in O. savagei), a relatively longer tail, reflected by a lower ratio of standard length to total length (vs a relatively shorter tail, reflected by a higher ratio of standard length to tail length of 0.65 in O. savagei), and by its coloration (Köhler et al. 2007).
Distribution and Habitat
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Species authority: Köhler et al. (2007).
The specific epithet fortunensis derives from the name of the type locality, the Reserva Forestal Fortuna (Köhler et al. 2007).
Köhler, G., Ponce, M., and Batista, A. (2007). ''A new species of worm salamander (genus Oedipina) from Fortuna, western central Panama (Amphibia, Caudata, Plethodontidae).'' Senckenbergiana Biologica, 87, 213-217.
Written by Zachary Morris (z_the_neohippie AT berkeley.edu), UC Berkeley
First submitted 2010-06-29
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2012-01-13)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2012 Oedipina fortunensis <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/7094> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Oct 19, 2017.
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