Del Norte Salamander

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  • Species Common Name Del Norte Salamander
  • Species Scientific Name Plethodon elongatus
  • Federal Listing Status Species of Concern
  • State Listing Status Sensitive


Special needs

Del Norte salamanders are found in closed-canopy coastal forests with mixed hardwood/conifer. They are generally associated with moist talus and rocky substrates, often among rock rubble, old riverbeds, or under bark or logs on the forest floor. This species prefers late-seral forests but does occur in recently harvested forests in coastal regions.

Limiting factors

This fully terrestrial species is highly sedentary. Individuals typically remain within 7.5 square meters in a given year.

Conservation actions

Identify important habitat for conservation using species' habitat requirements and movement patterns. Minimize alteration and disturbance to talus and stream substrate. Minimize habitat alteration and disturbance at occupied sites. Consider animal movement needs in planning and management activities.

Key reference or plan

Newly Discovered Populations of Salamanders from Siskiyou County California Represent a Species Distinct from Plethodon stormi

Life History Traits