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Batrachoseps major (Amphibia: Caudata: Plethodontidae) from the Colorado Desert





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On 26 January 1979, a small salamander was encountered on a cement walkway at the Palm Springs Desert Museum (DM). It was early morning (0855 hours) of an overcast day, and a slight rain had been falling for several hours. The specimen was identified as Batrachoseps major, the garden salamander, by Arden H. Brame, Jr., and archived in the museum (DM5-79-OA). On 9 April 1979, a second B. major was found in a backyard swimming pool in Palm Springs (DM6-79-OA). A search of collections in southern California revealed that another specimen had been collected on 20 March 1964 by S. B. Murphy in Andreas Canyon (5.5 mi S of Palm Springs post office), which is deposited at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (LACM 85755).