New County Records and Other Data Since 1996

Eurycea longicauda (Green) - Long-tailed Salamander

Eurycea guttolineata (Holbrook) - Three-lined Salamander

Since publication of Atlas of Amphibians in Tennessee (Redmond, W. H. and A. F. Scott. 1996. The Center for Field Biology, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN. 94 pp.), several applicable taxonomic and nomenclatural changes and numerous reports of new county records have appeared in the literature. Comments, accompanied by cited references, on the taxonomic and nomenclatural changes plus bibliographical information on new county records as they pertain to E. longicauda follow:

Taxonomic and Nomenclatural Changes

When the Atlas of Amphibians in Tennessee appeared in1996, E. longicauda included three subspecies: E. l. longicauda, E. l. guttolineata, and E. l. melanopleura (Collins, 1990). Two of these (E. l. longicauda and E. l. guttolineata) were known from Tennessee. Subsequently, Carlin (1997) elevated E. l. guttolineata, which occurs in the Coastal Plain of West Tennessee and a few localities in the mountains of East Tennessee, to a full species with the Latin name E. guttolineata (Holbrook). Also, to achieve uniformity, Crother (2000) altered the common name of E. longicauda from Longtail Salamander to Long-tailed Salamander. The most current distribution maps for the species of this complex in Tennessee are provided by Niemiller and Reynolds (2011).

Literature Cited:

Carlin, J. L. 1997. Genetic and morphological differentiation between Eurycea longicauda longicauda and E. guttolineata (Caudata: Plethodontidae). Herpetologica 53:206-217.

Crother, B. I.. 2000. Scientific and standard English names of amphibians and reptiles of North American north of Mexico, with comments regarding confidence in our understanding. SSAR Herpetol. Circ. 29.

Niemiller, M. L., and R. G. Reynolds (eds.).  2011.  The amphibians of Tennessee. The University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville. 369 pp.

New County Records for Eurycea longicauda

Bledsoe County

Schacher, W. H., and T. H. Henry. 2001. New county records for amphibians from Bledsoe County, Tennessee. Herpetol. Rev. 32:197-198.

Claiborne County

Fletcher, S., and B. Brinkman. 2001. Geographic distribution. Eurycea longicauda. Herpetol. Rev. 32:268.

Rhea County

Miller, B. T., and M. L. Niemiller. 2011. Long-Tailed Salamander. Pp. 163-165 In M. L. Niemiller and R. G. Reynolds (eds.), The amphibians of Tennessee. The University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville. 369 pp.

Wilson County 

Niemiller, M. L., R. G. Reynolds, B. M. Glorioso, J. Spiess, and B. T. Miller.  2011.  Herpetofauna of the Cedar Glades and associated habitats of the Inner Central Basin of Middle Tennessee.  Herpetological Conservation and Biology 6:127-141.

New County Records for Eurycea guttolineata

Carter and Washington counties

Reynolds R. G., and M. L. Niemiller, 2011. Three-Lined Salamander. Pp. 157-160 In M. L. Niemiller and R. G. Reynolds (eds.), The amphibians of Tennessee. The University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville. 369 pp.

Madison County

Hall, J. M.  2014. Geographic distribution: Eurycea guttolineata. Herpetol. Rev. 45:274.