Southern Torrent Salamander

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  • Species Common Name Southern Torrent Salamander
  • Species Scientific Name Rhyacotriton variegatus
  • Federal Listing Status Species of Concern
  • State Listing Status Sensitive


Special needs

Southern torrent salamanders inhabit cold mountain streams, spring heads, and seeps. They prefer loose gravel stream beds and are often associated with high-gradient streams.

Limiting factors

This species has limited dispersal capabilities. Adults are highly sensitive to desiccation, and larvae are vulnerable to changes in stream flow.

Conservation actions

Retain stream buffers to maintain cool water temperatures and water clarity. Minimize habitat alteration or disturbances that increase erosion or siltation. Improve habitat connectivity.

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