IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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Desmognathus wrighti is a relatively small species of salamander that can be distinguished by a broad, reddish-brown dorsal band. This coloration can bleed down into the ventral region, although this area can also be unpigmented. The regions around the heart and eyes are usually colored by gold pigments, and the lower jaw is heavily spotted with reddish-brown to gold colors. This species ranges in length from 17-20 mm (SVL) in both males and females, and has a relatively short tail in comparison with body length.

D. wrighti individuals hatch without gills. Unlike adult individuals, young D. wrighti have well-defined paravertabral spots (Harrison 2000).


Desmognathus wrighti was named in honor of George M. Wright who served as a former Chief of the Wildlife Division in the National Park Service (Harrison 2000).


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