New occurrence records for <em>Eurycea sosorum</em> Chippindale, Price & Hillis, 1993 (Caudata, Plethodontidae) in Travis and Hays counties, Texas, USA
Check List 14(2): 297-301, doi: 10.15560/14.2.297
New occurrence records for Eurycea sosorum Chippindale, Price & Hillis, 1993 (Caudata, Plethodontidae) in Travis and Hays counties, Texas, USA
expand article infoThomas Devitt, Bradley D. Nissen§
‡ Environmental Resource Management Division, Watershed Protection Department, City of Austin, Austin, United States of America§ City of Austin, Austin, United States of America
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Abstract
We present 7 new occurrence records for the Barton Springs Salamander (Eurycea sosorum Chippindale, Price & Hillis, 1993) from Hays and Travis counties, Texas, USA, including the first for this species from the Trinity Aquifer. Eurycea sosorum is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 due to ongoing threats from urbanization and aquifer overdraft throughout its narrow range. Although this species is more widely distributed than when it was first described in 1993, its range is still exceptionally small, restricted to portions of only two watersheds (Onion and Barton creeks) in one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States (Austin, Texas). Under any ecologically-relevant criterion that is based on the best available scientific evidence, this species remains in danger of extinction throughout its range. 
Keywords
Amphibian; Edwards Aquifer; conservation; endangered species; groundwater; spring; Trinity Aquifer