|Garden Slender Salamander|
Batrachoseps aridus was formerly recognized as a full species. It is now classified by the ITIS as a synonym for (and with a valid name of) Batrachoseps major. It is classified by the ITIS as neither a distinct species nor a subspecies. The IUCN, however, in its 2008 assessment considers Batrachoseps aridus to be a subspecies of B. major. Further taxonomic revision is probably needed.
Text by Janice Williams, posted January 2009.