Santeetlah Dusky Salamander
© 2010 Dr. Stephen G. Tilley (1 of 12)
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: United States
U.S. state distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: North Carolina, Tennessee
Desmognathus santeetlah has only been found in the Unicoi, Cheoah, Great Smoky, and Great Balsam mountain ranges in the southwest of Blue Ridge Physiographic Province of North Carolina and Tennessee. Although the range of this species is probably far wider than has been recorded, D. santeetlah is known to occur as far along the Great Balsam Mountains and Pisgah Ledge as Pigeon Gap in Haywood-Transylvania County, North Carolina (Tilley 1981). These salamanders usually inhabit seepages and small streams above 1000 m (Tilley S.G. 2000).
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Santeetlah refers to the geographical features near the type locality of the salamanders, the Unicoi Mountains. These features are Lake Santeetlah, Santeetlah Gap, and the Big Santeetlah and Little Santeetlah creeks. This word is thought to mean "blue water" in Cherokee (Powell 1968).
Powell, W. S. (1968). The North Carolina Gazetteer. University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill.
Tilley, S. G. (1981). ''A new species of Desmognathus (Amphibia: Caudata: Plethodontidae) from the southern Appalachian Mountains.'' Occassional Papers of the Museusm of Zoology University of Michigan, (695), 1-23.
Tilley, S. G. (2000). ''Desmognathus santeetlah.'' Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, 703.1-703.3.
Written by Elizabeth Reisman (lreisman AT uclink.berkeley.edu), mvz-UC Berkeley Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program
First submitted 2001-04-25
Edited by Tate Tunstall (2003-12-03)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2003 Desmognathus santeetlah: Santeetlah Dusky Salamander <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/3927> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Mar 30, 2020.
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