Ambystoma lermaense Taylor, 1940

Lake Lerma salamander, Rio Lerma salamander



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Siredon lermaensis Taylor, 1940


Conservation Status


Last record: ?

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered


Ambystoma lermaense may exist in captivity (Aguilar-Miguel et al. 2009). Alternatively, it may exist in the remaining wetlands, either relictually or as a reintroduced population (source). Its exact conservation status needs investigating by qualified personnel.



Lake Lerma, Mexico






Holotype: FMNH 100029 [ex EHT–HMS No. 22578? (Smith & Taylor, 1948:8)]

Type locality: “Lake Lerma, east of Toluca, México”






Original scientific description:

Taylor, E. H. (1940 "1939"). New salamanders from Mexico, with a discussion of certain known forms. University of Kansas Science Bulletin 26: 407-430.


Other references:

Aguilar-Miguel, X., Casas-Andreu, G., and Pineda-Arredondo, E. (2002). Ambystoma lermaense (Lake Lerma salamander). Reproduction and Development. Herpetological Review 33(3): 197.

Aguilar-Miguel, X., Legorreta, G. and Casas-Andreu, G. (2009). Reproducción ex situ en Ambystoma granulosum y Ambystoma lermaense (Amphibia: Ambystomatidae). Acta Zoológica Mexicana 25(3): 443-454.

García-París, M., Parra Olea, G., & Aguilar Miguel, X. (2005). Respuesta defensiva en Ambystoma lermaense (Caudata: Ambystomatidae). Boletín de la Asociación Herpetológica Española 15(2): 104-105.

Mexico Herpetology. (2006). Factsheet: Ambystoma lermaense. Dowloaded on 23/4/2011 (

Brad Shaffer, Gabriela Parra-Olea and David Wake (2004). Ambystoma lermaense. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. ( Downloaded on 19 August 2012.

Smith, Hobart M. and Taylor, Edward H. (1948). An Annotated Checklist and Key to the Amphibia of Mexico. Bulletin of the United States National Museum 194: iv + 118 pp.

Taylor and Smith, Proc. U. S. Nat. Mus., vol. 95, 1945, pp. 525-526.


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