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Pseudoeurycea aquatica is a species of salamander in the family Plethodontidae. It is endemic to Mexico and only known from its type locality near Totontepec Villa de Morelos, Oaxaca. Common name aquatic salamander has been coined for the species.[1][2][3]

Pseudoeurycea aquatica

Critically endangered, possibly extinct (IUCN 3.1)[1]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Urodela
Family: Plethodontidae
Genus: Pseudoeurycea
P. aquatica
Binomial name
Pseudoeurycea aquatica
Wake and Campbell, 2001

The natural habitat of Pseudoeurycea aquatica is cloud forest at about 2,100 m (6,900 ft) above sea level. It lives aquatically in streams, the only plethodontid salamander in Mesoamerica to do so. Sadly, it is only known from three specimens collected in 1978, and the original habitat has been completely destroyed. Subsequent searches have been unsuccessful, and the species is likely to be extinct.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c Parra Olea, G.; Wake, D. (2008). "Pseudoeurycea aquatica". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2008: e.T59369A11923476. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T59369A11923476.en.
  2. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2016). "Pseudoeurycea aquatica Wake and Campbell, 2001". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Pseudoeurycea aquatica". AmphibiaWeb: Information on amphibian biology and conservation. [web application]. Berkeley, California: AmphibiaWeb. 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2016.