Cryptotriton nasalis
family: Plethodontidae
subfamily: Hemidactyliinae

© 2008 Sean Michael Rovito (1 of 8)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Endangered (EN)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None


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Cryptotriton nasalis is a generally dark brown salamander, 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.

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 Cryptotriton wakei, it was formally synonomized 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.

Written by Updated by Michelle Koo, Kevin Gin (kevgin AT, URAP
First submitted 2004-04-06
Edited by Tate Tunstall (2018-02-24)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2018 Cryptotriton nasalis <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Mar 22, 2018.

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