Batrachoseps luciae
Santa Lucia Mountains Slender Salamander
Subgenus: Batrachoseps
family: Plethodontidae
subfamily: Hemidactyliinae

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


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is broadly distributed in the northern Santa Lucia Mountains, Monterey County, California, USA, from the Monterey Peninsula to near the Monterey-San Luis Obispo county line (Jockusch et al. 2001).

Habitat and Ecology

Primary habitat is mesic redwood and mixed evergreen forests; inland, also inhabits wooded north-facing slopes with tan oak and maples; when surface moisture is present, can be found under cover in open, disturbed habitats (Jockusch et al. 2001).


Total population size is unknown but probably is at least 10,000. Species has been found abundantly at only a few sites (Jockusch et al. 2001).

Population Trend


Major Threats

Specific threats are unknown. Its habitat appears not to be threatened.

Conservation Actions

Better information on abundance, trends, and threats is needed. Its habitat is in protected areas.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern since, although its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, it is common and occurs in an area of extensive, suitable habitat which appears not to be under threat, it has a presumed large population, and it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.


Geoffrey Hammerson 2004. Batrachoseps luciae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59127A11886924. .Downloaded on 23 January 2019


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