Tehachapi slender salamander

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Slender Salamanders
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Caudata
Family: Plethodontidae
Genus: Batrachoseps
Species: B. stebbinsi
Binomial name
Batrachoseps stebbinsi
Brame & Murray, 1968

The Tehachapi slender salamander (Batrachoseps stebbinsi) is a plethodontid salamander, and one of the larger members of genus Batrachoseps. It is endemic to California, in Kern County in the western United States.

Distribution[edit]

The Tehachapi slender salamander is closely related to the Kern Canyon slender salamander. It is considered a threatened species in California, and is found only in isolated areas of the Piute and Tehachapi Mountains of the Transverse Ranges in Southern California. Much of the salamander's habitat is currently located on land owned by Tejon Ranch.

Description[edit]

This salamander is dark brown in color with light, glittery-looking speckles of coppery red and silver covering its 3-inch length. Like other plethodontids it lacks lungs and breathes through its skin, which it must keep moist. It lives in damp leaf litter and emerges during high humidity or rain.

Conservation[edit]

The Tehachapi slender salamander is an IUCN Red List Vulnerable species.

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