Distribution and Habitat
This is a local endemic, known only from a small region in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in Mariposa County, California, along a short section (about 16-17 km) of the Merced River, from the vicinity of the type locality at Briceburg,west to Hell Hollow, and a short distance up the North Fork of the Merced River, between elevations of 365-760 m. The vegetation in the region where salamanders are found is mainly chapparal, with a scattering of xeric-adapted trees such as gray pine (Pinus sabinianus), and with California laurel (Umbellularia californica) in more mesic sites.
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