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Pyrenean Brook Salamander, Calotriton asper
2013-10-07 15:25:48

The Pyrenean Brook Salamander (Calotriton asper) is a species of salamander belonging to the Salamandridae family. It is located in the Pyrenees of Andorra, France, and Spain. Its natural habitats include temperate forests, intermittent rivers, rivers, freshwater lakes, freshwater marshes, caves, and inland karsts. It is threatened by loss of habitat. This salamander can grow to about 3.6 inches long, half of which is the laterally flattened tail. The females are normally larger than...

Corsican Brook Salamander, Euproctus montanus
2013-10-07 12:28:35

The Corsican Brook Salamander (Euproctus montanus), known also as the Corsican Mountain Newt, is a species of salamander belonging to the Salamandridae family. It is native to Corsica, an island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is found mostly in rocky streams, springs, and rivers in forest and maquis and altitudes of over 600 meters. It is smaller than other closely related species, such as the Sardinian Brook Salamander (Euproctus platycephalus) and can reach a length of about 5 inches,...

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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'