Catahoula Salamander, Ainsworth's Salamander
|Taxonomic Notes: This taxon is of dubious validity. It is known only from two poorly preserved specimens, one subsequently destroyed. Himes and Beckett (2014, Southeastern Naturalist 24: 103-110) think the taxon is synonymous with the syntopic Plethodon mississippi, a conclusion that is likely correct.|
In preservative, the specimens are dark blackish-brown without any noticeable pattern, and the peritoneum lacks any distinctive pigmentation (Lazell 1998).
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: United States
U.S. state distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Mississippi
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Trends and Threats
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
Lazell, J. (1998). ''New salamander of the genus Plethodon from Mississippi.'' Copeia, 1998, 967-970.
Stuart, S., Hoffmann, M., Chanson, J., Cox, N., Berridge, R., Ramani, P., and Young, B. (eds) (2008). Threatened Amphibians of the World. Lynx Edicions, IUCN, and Conservation International, Barcelona, Spain; Gland, Switzerland; and Arlington, Virginia, USA.
Written by Krystal Gong (mskgong AT sfsu.edu), SFSU
First submitted 2001-05-31
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2009-08-07)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Plethodon ainsworthi: Catahoula Salamander <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/5519> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Nov 21, 2018.
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