Jackson’s Climbing Salamander Rediscovered in Guatemala 42 Years After Last Sighting

Main report: FOUND: Remarkable Salamander Rediscovery Heralds Early Success For Worldwide Quest To Find And Protect Lost Species
(Global Wildlife Conservation)
Other Reporting: Search for Lost Species (Facebook), LiveScience, Saving San Isidro: A New Reserve in the Cuchumatanes Mountains of Guatemala, Mental Floss, World Land Trust, The Guardian
Scientific Paper: not published   
Common Name: Jackson's climbing salamander
Species named for: Jeremy Jackson
Categories: Amphibians | Citizen Science | Lazarus Species | Species Discovery
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One of the “ten Most Wanted missing amphibian species in the world” has been rediscovered, in recently protected cloud forests of the Cuchumatanes mountains, Guatemala.  A guard at the Finca San Isidro Amphibian Reserve, Ramos León, discovered a juvenile Jackson’s climbing salamander—only the third individual ever seen—on the edge of the reserve while out on patrol this month. He sent a photo to Carlos Vasquez, curator of herpetology at USAC University in Guatemala, coordinator of the amphibian conservation program partnered with the Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC), who confirmed that the species in the photo was, indeed, the Jackson’s climbing salamander.

Jackson’s Climbing Salamander is the first of GWC’s top 25 “most wanted” lost species rediscovered.  An initiative of the Global Wildlife Conservation is the The Search for Lost Species, a global quest to find and protect species that have not been seen in the wild in decades.  Collaborating with more than 100 scientists, GWC has compiled a list of 1,200 species of animals and plants that are missing to science. From this list, GWC has teased the top 25 “most wanted” species in the world.   Learn more at www.lostspecies.org/

Jackson’s Climbing Salamander. The third individual ever seen. (Photo by Carlos Vasquez Almazan)

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