Robinson's Web-footed Salamander
Species Description: Bolanos F, Wake DB 2009 Two new species of montane web-footed salamanders (Plethodontidae: Bolitoglossa) from the Costa Rica-Panama border region. Zootaxa 1981:57-68.
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In preservative, this species has a dark brownish-black ground color, but it has such a quantity of pale spots that it appears light-colored. Along the trunk an intricate pattern is present of alternating light yellow and dark color. Costal grooves are mostly dark while intercostal folds are mainly light. Limbs and tail are marbled with dark brown and yellowish gray. The venter and throat are primarily pale in color; however, the venter is also somewhat mottled and the throat displays punctate melanophores. Tail venter is dark with jagged lighter spots.
Bolitoglossa robinsoni differs from all other salamanders in the region by virtue of its larger size combined with extensive yellow spotting and relatively long and moderately webbed digits.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Costa Rica, Panama
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
This species was previously referred to as sp. nov. 5 in Wake (2005). It may be a species complex of as many as four or five species. Sympatric with B. pygmaea on the Fábrega Massif.
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.
Wake, D. B. (2005). ''Diversity of Costa Rican salamanders.'' Ecology and Evolution in the Tropics: a Herpetological Perspective. M. A. Donnelly, B. I. Crother, C. Guyer, M. H. Wake, and M. E. White, eds., University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
Written by Catherine Aguilar (catherineaguilar AT berkeley.edu), UC Berkeley
First submitted 2009-02-18
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2009-03-10)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Bolitoglossa robinsoni: Robinson's Web-footed Salamander <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/7247> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Oct 20, 2017.
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