Plethodon idahoensis Slater & Slipp, 1940
Coeur d'Alene Salamander
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Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Canada, United States
U.S. state distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Idaho, Montana
Canadian province distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: British Columbia
Plethodon idahoensis refers specifically to the state of Idaho, where the type locality was discovered (Wilson and Ohanjanian, 2002).
Although it was originally documented as a distinct species (Slater and Slipp 1940), later literature claimed that Plethodon idahoensis was a subspecies (Lowe 1950) or unnamed geographical group (Brodie 1970) of Plethodon vandykei. Within the past few years, however, research has supported Slater and Slipp's original claim (Howard Seeb and Wallace). Before 1990, however, this species was referred to as P. vandykei idahoensis or P. vandykei, as well as P. idahoensis (Wilson and Ohanjanian 2002).
Brodie, E. D., Jr. (1970). "Western salamanders of the genus Plethodon: Systematics and geographic variation." Herpetologica, 26(4), 468-516.
Howard, J. H., Seeb, L. W., and R. L. Wallace (1993). "Genetic variation and population divergence in the Plethodon vandykei group (Caudata: Plethodondidae)." Herpetologica, 49, 238-247.
Lowe, C. H., Jr. (1950). ''The systematic status of the salamanders Plethodon hardii with a discussion of biogeographical problems in Aneides.'' Copeia, 1950, 92-99.
Slater, J. R., and Slipp, J. W. (1940). ''A new species of Plethodon from northern Idaho.'' Occasional Papers Department of Biology University of Puget Sound, (8), 38-43.
Wilson, A.G., Jr., and Ohanjanian, P. (2002). ''Plethodon idahoensis.'' Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, 741.1-741.4.
Originally submitted by: Elizabeth Reisman (first posted 2001-05-31)
Edited by: Tate Tunstall (2004-03-02)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2004 Plethodon idahoensis: Coeur d'Alene Salamander <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/4136> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jan 30, 2023.
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