AmphibiaWeb - Batrachoseps stebbinsi


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Batrachoseps stebbinsi Brame & Murray, 1968
Tehachapi Slender Salamander
Subgenus: Batrachoseps
family: Plethodontidae
subfamily: Hemidactyliinae
genus: Batrachoseps
Batrachoseps stebbinsi
John M. Brode
© Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley (1 of 22)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Vulnerable (VU)
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National Status None
Regional Status Threatened in California
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Relatively large species of Batrachoseps characterized by relatively long legs and large feet. Feet are webbed with one free section per toe. Dorsum is dark red or brown with light beige splotches, occasionally forming dorsal band. Beige blotches absent from belly midline. 18-19 costal grooves and 6-7 costal folds (Petranka 1998) .

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: United States

U.S. state distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: California

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This species is endemic to California, USA; it has a very limited distribution. It is found only in the Caliente Creek drainage in the Piute Mountains, southern Sierra Nevada, Kern County, CA. B. stebbinsi is associated with oak or mixed pine-oak forests (Petranka1998).

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Virtually no data is available on the life-history of this species (Petranka 1998) , but it is probably similar to other Batrachoseps species. They are completely terrestrial, laying eggs usually under logs or lear litter. The eggs hatch directly into small terrestrial salamanders, there is no aquatic larval stage.

Trends and Threats
Because of its extremely narrow range, this species is particularly vulnerable to habitat destruction and should be considered in the management of Kern County.


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Petranka, J. W. (1998). Salamanders of the United States and Canada. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C. and London.

Originally submitted by: Rachel L. Mueller (first posted 1999-11-09)
Edited by: Vance T. Vredenburg (2004-04-05)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2004 Batrachoseps stebbinsi: Tehachapi Slender Salamander <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jun 22, 2024.

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