Santa Lucia Mountains slender salamander

The Santa Lucia Mountains slender salamander (Batrachoseps luciae) is a species of salamander in the family Plethodontidae. It is endemic to California in the United States, where it is known only from Monterey County.[1]

Santa Lucia Mountains slender salamander
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Urodela
Family: Plethodontidae
Genus: Batrachoseps
B. luciae
Binomial name
Batrachoseps luciae
Jockusch, Yanev & Wake, 2001

This salamander is distributed in the Santa Lucia Range in California's Central Coast region. It lives in moist montane chaparral and woodlands and temperate coniferous forest, and it can tolerate disturbed habitat when adequate cover is present.[1]

This species and several other native California salamanders were described as new species in 2001 when the Batrachoseps pacificus species complex was split according to the results of a phylogenetic analysis.[2]


  1. ^ a b Hammerson, G. 2004. Batrachoseps luciae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 19 June 2016.
  2. ^ Jockusch, E. L., Yanev, K. P., & Wake, D. B. (2001). Molecular phylogenetic analysis of slender salamanders, genus Batrachoseps (Amphibia: Plethodontidae), from central coastal California with descriptions of four new species. Herpetological Monographs, 54-99.

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