Gyrinophilus porphyriticus danielsi
Stejneger and Barbour, 1933
Sevier Co., Tennessee. April 27, 2006.
“…under the very next rock was another brightly colored salamander, but this one was orange – a Blue Ridge Spring Salamander, Gryinophilus porphyriticus danielsi. One of the characteristics of Spring Salamanders is a raised ridge that travels between each eye and the tip of the snout. G.p. danielsi features a light line along this ridge, with a dark line immediately beneath, and white spots along the jaw. This was a new subspecies for me, so I was happy to examine this specimen and take pictures. It was not the most cooperative subject, and I had to use cover plates to keep the animal contained while setting up for shots. More than once I had to clean the animal off with my water bottle, after it would wriggle away into the substrate. It is certainly a lot more difficult to wrangle and shoot herps all by your lonesome…”
HerpMapper records for this species are here.