Pseudoeurycea lynchi, known from only 3 populations, had previously been considered to be another population of Pseudoeurycea nigromaculata. This species is relatively small (adult male SVL 40.6-58.3 mm, female SVL 41.2-53.5 mm), but can be distinguished from its congeners by its dark green, green-ochre, pale yellow-green, or tannish yellow dorsum, usually with many black spots and short streaks. Ventrally black. A V-shaped, yellowish band is present between the eyes in some individuals. Iris is coppery gold. P. lynchi can be distinguished from its sister taxon, P. nigromaculata, by having a more robust body, somewhat fewer maxillary (75 vs. 89 in adults) and more numerous vomerine (36 vs. 31) teeth. Snout is broadly rounded and more truncate in males than in females. Costal folds 13, counting one each in axilla and groin. Limbs are relatively long, digits typically meet when limbs adpressed to side of trunk in males, or only slightly separated by approxamitely one-half costal interspace, in females, adpressed limbs fail to meet by one-half to one and one-half costal interspaces. Digits, in order of decreasing length: fingers 3-2-4-1, toes 3-4-2-5-1. Tail approximately 86-115%; Premaxillary teeth 2-7 and enlarged in adult, 10-15 and smaller in females. The type locality at Cerro San Pedro (2160 m), species has also been found elevation 2050-2300 m near the escarpment on the slopes of mountains close Cerro Cofre de Perote in near village of La Joya (Parra-Olea et al. 2001).
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Mexico
This species is only known from 3 populations in the central Sierra Madre Oriental where it ranges widely.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
All specimens occur in cloud forest where it is found only in, or under, decaying wood and under the bark fo logs. Specimens are mesophilic, found in Pine and Oak forests.
Parra-Olea, G., Papenfuss, T.J., and Wake, D.B. (2001). ''New species of lungless salamanders of the genus Pseudoeurycea (Amphibia: Caudata: Plethodontidae) from Veracruz, Mexico.'' Occasional Papers of the Museum of Natural History, University of Kansas, 20, 1-9.
Written by: Raul E. Diaz (2004-06-04)
Edited by: Tate Tunstall (2004-09-01)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2004 Pseudoeurycea lynchi: Veracruz Green Salamander <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/5849> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Apr 13, 2021.
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