This species can be found in Eastern Kentucky and adjacent southwestern Virginia, southward to eastern Tennessee, USA (Barbour 1971, Conant and Collins 1991, Redmond and Scott 1996). It can be found at elevations of 300-1,220 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It can be found in mountain brooks, spring runs and roadside puddles in wooded mountainous terrain. Adults hide under rocks or logs in water, or in splash zone crevices. Larvae and juveniles occupy smaller seeps. Eggs are laid under rocks or in or under logs at stream sides.
Total adult population size and trends are unknown.
Threats include habitat degradation by siltation and pollution. However, it is not considered to be significantly threatened through most of its range.
More information is needed on this species' population status. It occurs in several protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern given that it occurs in an area of extensive, suitable habitat which appears not to be under significant threat, and it has a presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2014. Desmognathus welteri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T59258A64037495. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-3.RLTS.T59258A64037495.en .Downloaded on 15 December 2018