Valentine’s Southern Dusky Salamander - Desmognathus valentinei

Valentine's Southern Dusky Salamander

*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.

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Subspecies: No subspecies recognized.


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Species Range: 

Louisiana Range:  Primarily southeastern Louisiana, but some records just west of the Mississippi River.


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Global Conservation Status:  Valentine’s Southern Dusky Salamander has not been asses, but Southern Dusky Salamanders have a relatively wide distribution in the southeastern United States and a presumed large population, and thus, are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G4 (Apparently Secure).

Federal Conservation Status:  None

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Valentine’s Southern Dusky Salamanders have a ranking of S1 (critically imperiled because of extreme rarity – 5 or fewer known extant populations) in Louisiana.

*** If you live in the range of this species in Louisiana and believe you may have observed this species please let me know (take a picture if possible), as there may be more unknown populations in the state.***

Author's Remarks: There is recent evidence that many of the populations that were formally attributed to this species in west and north Louisiana are not in fact Valentine’s Southern Dusky Salamanders, but rather, Spotted Dusky Salamanders. Valentine’s Southern Dusky Salamanders are pretty rare in the state, and found primarily in the eastern Florida Parishes. I found a few individuals in early 2017 in St. Tammany Parish.

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