Small range on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in central California.
Specifically found in the temperate coniferous forests of Summit Meadow and riparian pine/oak woodlands and chaparral surrounding Kings River. It will hide among rocks on talus slopes, under logs, and in leaf litter. Often found near ferns and mosses on north-facing slopes.
A relatively small member of its genus, this salamander has a wide, flattened head with a boxy snout, and a tail about 1.5x longer than its body. It can reach a maximum of 4.5 cm in snout to vent length. Its skinny legs are set far apart and it has costal grooves. It is primarily greyish brown, often with a wide reddish brown dorsal stripe. It has white and brown speckling all over.
Learn more with Schechter Natural History's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians