Torrent salamander

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Torrent salamanders
Rhyacotriton variegatus.jpg
Rhyacotriton variegatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Caudata
Suborder: Salamandroidea
Family: Rhyacotritonidae
Tihen, 1958
Genus: Rhyacotriton
Dunn, 1920

 Rhyacotriton cascadae
 Rhyacotriton kezeri
 Rhyacotriton olympicus
 Rhyacotriton variegatus

Rhyacotriton range map.png

The torrent salamanders or Cascade salamanders are a family (Rhyacotritonidae) with only one genus (Rhyacotriton) of salamanders. Originally the genus Rhyacotriton was placed in the family Ambystomatidae, later in the family Dicamptodontidae, and finally in 1992 it was placed into a family of its own. At the same time the only species Rhyacotriton olympicus was split into four species due to genetic analysis. The torrent salamanders are limited to the western USA, namely the states California, Oregon, and Washington.

The genus Rhyacotriton is divided into four species:

External links[edit]

Data related to Rhyacotritonidae at Wikispecies