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Plethodon sherando
Big Levels Salamander
Subgenus: Plethodon
family: Plethodontidae
subfamily: Plethodontinae
 
Species Description: Highton R 2004 A new species of woodland salamander of the Plethodon cinereus group from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Jeffersoniana 14:1-22.

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Vulnerable (VU)
NatureServe Status Use NatureServe Explorer to see status.
CITES No CITES Listing
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

   

 

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bookcover Excerpts from Les Urodèles du Monde, 1st and 2nd editions and more recent updates, by Jean Raffaëlli (©2007, ©2014 by Jean Raffaëlli), used with permission. The 2nd edition of this book is available directly from the author: jean.raffaelli@laposte.net and from this website.

Author: Jean Raffa�lli

Plethodon sherando Highton, 2004

18 sillons costaux. 9,5 cm (holotype). Atteint 11cm (obs. pers.) Ressemble superficiellement � P. cinereus et serratus, avec lesquelles elle partage la coloration ventrale poivre et sel, avec toutefois moins de gris et plus de pigment blanc, mais t�te plus large et membres plus allong�s. L�aspect g�n�ral est �galement plus robuste. Deux variantes de coloration, avec et sans bande dorsale. Le rouge de la bande dorsale est plus fonc� que chez cinereus. Quelques taches jaunes pr�sentes � l�int�rieur et � l�ext�rieur de la bande, qui est droite et se poursuit sur la queue. Flancs gris argent� � noirs, le gris �tant tr�s pr�sent sur les flancs et la queue. Taches jaunes �galement sur les parties sup�rieures de la variante sans bande dorsale. Environs de Big Levels, comt� d�Augusta, Blue Ridge de Virginie. L�aire de distribution se trouve environ � �gale distance de celles de P. shenandoah et P. hubrichti. En sympatrie avec cinereus (groupe 2 de Hass) en bordure de l�aire. 36 km2. VU. Sous les feuilles mortes et �corces en for�t entre 579 (Lac Sherando) et 1 091 m (Bald Mountain). Forme ave les trois esp�ces suivantes un groupe d�esp�ces relictes.

ENGLISH TRANSLATION - Julian Wittische

18 costal grooves. 9.5cm (holotype). Reaches 11cm in length (personal observation). It resembles superficially P. cinereus and serratus, with which it shares a pepper-and-salt ventral color, with less gray and more white. Yet, it has a wider head and longer limbs. The general aspect is also more robust. It has two color morphs, with and without dorsal stripe. The red from the dorsal stripe is darker than in cinereus. There are some yellow spots inside and outside the stripe, which is straight and continues on the tail. It forms a relict group with three other species.

Habitat & Range: It lives under dead leaves and bark between altitudes 579 (Sherando lake) and 1091m (Bald Mountain) Surroundings of Big Levels, Augusta county, Blue Ridge of Virginia. The range is situated at equal distances of P. shenandoah and P. Hubrichti ranges. It lives in sympatry with cinereus (Hass group 2) at the peripherical part of the range. 36Km².

Conservation: Vulnerable.



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