AmphibiaWeb - Cryptotriton nasalis


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Cryptotriton nasalis (Dunn, 1924)
Cortes Salamander
family: Plethodontidae
subfamily: Hemidactyliinae
genus: Cryptotriton
Species Description: Dunn, E. R. (1924) New salamanders of the genus Oedipus with a synoptical key. Field Museum of Natural History Publication. Zoological Series 12: 95–100.

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Endangered (EN)
National Status None
Regional Status None
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Cryptotriton nasalis is a robust salamander, overall dark brown, usually with pale brown coloration along the dorsal surface of the limbs and tail. Enlarged nostril openings, well-developed labial protuberances and a broadly rounded snout are also observed in this species. A slightly constricted tail, with slender, relatively long limbs. Usually displaying one and a half to three costal folds between adpressed limbs in males, and two and a half to three and a half costal folds between females (McCranie and Wilson 2002).

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Guatemala, Honduras


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This species can be found within moderate to intermediate elevations (1220 to 2200 meters) of northwestern Honduras in the Sierra de Omoa and likely adjacent Guatemala.

This account was based on the description found in (McCranie and Wilson 2002).

After much speculation about the distinctiveness of Nototriton wakei, it was formally synonymized with C. nasalis by McCranie and Rovito (2014).


McCranie, J. R., and Wilson, L. D. (2002). ''The Amphibians of Honduras.'' Contributions to Herpetology, Vol 19. K. Adler and T. D. Perry, eds., Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Ithaca, New York.

McCranie, J.R, Rovito. S.M. (2014). ''New species of salamander (Caudata: Plethodontidae: Cryptotriton) from Quebrada Cataguana, Francisco Morazán, Honduras, with comments on the taxonomic status of Cryptotriton wakei.'' Zootaxa, 3795(1), 61-70.

Originally submitted by: Kevin Gin, Michelle S. Koo (first posted 2004-04-06)
Comments by: Michelle S. Koo (updated 2021-05-03)

Edited by: Tate Tunstall, Michelle S. Koo (2021-08-22)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2021 Cryptotriton nasalis: Cortes Salamander <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Feb 21, 2024.

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