Ambystoma amblycephalum Taylor, 1940

Blunt-headed salamander



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Original scientific description:

Taylor, J. D. (1940). New salamanders from Mexico, with a discussion of certain known forms. University Kansas Sci. Bullet. 26: 407-430.

Other references:

Hernandez, Axel, Dufresnes, Christophe, Raffaëlli, Jean, Jelsch, Emmanuel, Dubey, Sylvain, Santiago-Pérez, Ana Luisa, Rosas-Espinoza, Verónica Carolina and Nuñez, Pablo Berea. (2022). Hope in the dark: discovery of a population related to the presumably extinct microendemic Blunt-headed Salamander (Ambystoma amblycephalum). Neotropical Biodiversity 8(1): 35-44.

Highton, R. (2000). Detecting cryptic species using allozyme data, pp. 215-241. In: Bruce, R.C., Jaeger, R.G. and Houck, L.D. (eds.). The Biology of Plethodontid Salamanders. Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, New York.

IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. (2016). Ambystoma amblycephalum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T59050A53973313. Accessed on 05 May 2022.

Shaffer, H. B. (1984a). Evolution in a paedomorphic lineage. I. An electrophoretic analysis of the Mexican ambystomatid salamanders. Evolution 38: 1194-1206.

Shaffer, H. B. (1984b). Evolution in a paedomorphic lineage. II. Allometry and form in the Mexican ambystomatid salamanders. Evolution 38: 1207-1218.

Shaffer, H. B. and McKnight, M. L. (1996). The polytypic species revisited: genetic differentiation and molecular phylogenetics of the tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) (Amphibia: Caudata) complex. Evolution 50: 417-433.

Webb, R. G. (2004). Observations on tiger salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum complex, Family Ambystomatidae) in Mexico with description of a new species. Bulletin of the Maryland Herpetological Society: 122-143.


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