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A small, slender salamander with a broad head and distinct neck, moderately long limbs and well formed digits with expanded toe tips and subterminal pads. This species has dark, blackish body coloration with a lighter, brownish dorsal band. The band may be obscure and is usually not prominent; ending at a dark spot which marks the tip of an inverted triangle that starts near the eyes. The band may also continue to the head. Males lack mental hedonic glands, and have 18-19 costal grooves between the limbs, while females have between 18-20. There is both lateral and ventral white spotting, with spotting more numerous laterally. Ventral surfaces are gray, and lighter than lateral ground color. There is no basal tail constriction, and the long cylindrical tail often shows evidence of regeneration (description from Jockusch et al 1998).

Previously being assigned to Batrachoseps pacificus relictus, this species was recently defined as a distinct and new species. Batrachoseps kawia, occurs in sympatry with B. grearius in the same type locality and both occur throughout the drainage of the Kaweah River system. At high elevation, in Tulare County, B. kawia occur with B. reclictus, but no case of sympatry has been identified. These two species are sister taxa, and display unusual elevational range. Etymology: The name kawia is derived from the name of the Native Americans who inhabited the Kaweah River system region (from Jockusch et al. 1998) .

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