Southern Appalachian Slimy Salamander (Plethodon teyahalee)

Formerly considered part of the Jordan's Salamander complex. Some of these Plethodon can be really difficult to identify without doing DNA or molecular analyses.
Southern Appalachian Slimy Salamander (Plethodon teyahalee) Southern Appalachian Slimy Salamander (Plethodon teyahalee)
Clay Co., NC
21 May 2005

Southern Appalachian Slimy Salamander (Plethodon teyahalee) Southern Appalachian Slimy Salamander (Plethodon teyahalee)
same individual as above
Clay Co., NC
21 May 2005

Salamanders in the slimy salamander complex have varying amounts of white or cream/yellow spotting on their backs and/or sides.

Southern Appalachian Slimy Salamander (Plethodon teyahalee) Southern Appalachian Slimy Salamander (Plethodon teyahalee)
same individual as above
Clay Co., NC
21 May 2005

Chin is pale gray.

Southern Appalachian Slimy Salamander (Plethodon teyahalee) Southern Appalachian Slimy Salamander (Plethodon teyahalee)
Clay Co., NC
21 May 2005
(Different individual)
Clay Co., NC
21 May 2005

Southern Appalachian Slimy Salamander (Plethodon teyahalee) Southern Appalachian Slimy Salamander (Plethodon teyahalee)
same individual as immediately above
Clay Co., NC
21 May 2005

Red spots may or may not be present in the legs. Regarding the two individuals on this photo page, Jeff Beane (Collections Manager for Herpetology at the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences) states the following: "This could be a P. shermani (Red-legged Salamander) that has a little less red than usual on the legs. Or could be P. teyahalee (most donít have that much red on the legs, but occasionally they can). Or could be a hybrid between P. teyahalee and P. shermani."


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