ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT PROFILE

PROTECTION STATUS: Not listed; put on candidate list in 2007

PETITIONED: 2005 (Save Our Springs Alliance); 2010 (Center for Biological Diversity)

RANGE: Northwest Travis County and southwest Williamson County, Texas

THREATS: Degraded water quality, urban development, spring-flow declines, disturbance by humans and feral hogs

POPULATION TREND: Because Jollyville Plateau salamanders were described only recently and most of the known populations were discovered recently, little is known about the historical abundance of this species. However, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has cited “significant declines in abundance” for this species at four monitoring sites since its official discovery 10 years ago.

Jollyville Plateau salamander courtesy Wikimedia Commons/Piers Hendrie