Latest Salamanders Stories

2012-01-11 08:00:00

Waterlife Design Group of Apopka, FL works with the Saint Louis Zoo to aide in saving an endangered aquatic species, the Ozark hellbender. Apopka, FL (PRWEB) January 11, 2012 Waterlife Design Group, based in Apopka, FL, has recently worked with the Saint Louis Zoo to aide in their efforts to save an endangered aquatic species, the Ozark hellbender. In the summer of 2011, Waterlife Design Group worked to design, construct and install the new hellbender propagation facilities at the Saint...

Researchers Study Hellbender Salamanders For Answers For Global Amphibian Decline
2011-12-20 10:43:34

A new study co-authored by University of Florida researchers on the endangered Ozark Hellbender giant salamander is the first to detail its skin microbes, the bacteria and fungi that defend against pathogens. Published today in the online journal PLoS One, the study details changes in the salamander's declining health and habitat, and could provide a baseline for how changing ecosystems are affecting the rapid decline of amphibians worldwide. "Scientists and biologists view amphibians...

2011-12-01 18:42:55

Decade-long collaboration of zoo and federal, state scientists yields 63 baby hellbenders The Saint Louis Zoo's Ron Goellner Center for Hellbender Conservation and the Missouri Department of Conservation announced on Nov. 30, 2011, that Ozark hellbenders have been bred in captivity–a first for either of the two subspecies of hellbender. This decade-long collaboration has yielded 63 baby hellbenders. The first hellbender hatched on Nov. 15, and currently there are approximately 120...

2011-07-06 15:42:54

Lungless salamanders (Ensatina eschscholtzii) live in a horseshoe-shape region in California (a 'ring') which circles around the central valley. The species is an example of evolution in action because, while neighboring populations may be able to breed, the two populations at the ends of the arms of the horseshoe are effectively unable to reproduce. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology showed that this reproductive isolation was driven by...

2010-08-05 06:30:00

The hellbender salamander - known affectionately as a snot otter or devil dog - is one of America's unique giant salamander species. For unexplained reasons, most hellbender populations have rapidly declined as very little reproduction has occurred in recent decades. Working with researchers from the Nashville Zoo and Antwerp Zoo in Belgium, veterinarians from Michigan State University are helping develop conservation techniques to sample and freeze the sperm from some of the last surviving...

2010-03-30 14:22:31

Amphibians"”frogs, toads, salamanders, and newts"”are disappearing worldwide, but the stream salamanders of the Appalachian Mountains appear to be stable. This region is home to the largest diversity of salamanders in the world (more than 70 species reside here), and scientists want to understand what contributes to the stability of these salamander populations. In research published in the March 29, 2010 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Evan Grant...

2009-07-09 09:20:00

A new species of lungless salamander was discovered recently in a small stream located in the Appalachian mountains of the US. The new salamander is a distinctive critter that has its own genus. It breathes through its skin, and males and females have different coloration, which is quite unusual for the species. An unusual amphibian has not been discovered in the US in half a century. The researchers who found the salamander wrote about it in the Journal of Zoology. They have decided to call...

2009-05-13 11:42:50

U.S. ecologists have discovered rare traits persist in a population because predators prefer common forms of prey and ignore variations. University of Tennessee Assistant Professor Benjamin Fitzpatrick, who led the research, found birds will target salamanders that look like the majority -- even reversing behavior in response to alterations in the ratio of a distinguishing trait. He worked with Kim Shook and Reuben Izally in studying the effects of the prevalence of a dorsal stripe among a...

2009-02-10 13:09:28

Most common salamanders in cloud forest have nearly disappeared The decline of amphibian populations worldwide has been documented primarily in frogs, but salamander populations also appear to have plummeted, according to a new study by University of California, Berkeley, biologists. By comparing tropical salamander populations in Central America today with results of surveys conducted between 1969 and 1978, UC Berkeley researchers have found that populations of many of the commonest...

Latest Salamanders Reference Libraries

2010-07-27 12:17:54

The Barred Tiger Salamander, Ambystoma mavortium, is a species of salamander found from southwestern Canada in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Its range extends south through the western United States to Texas and northern Mexico. There are five recognized subspecies of A. mavortium: Gray Tiger Salamander, Barred Tiger Salamander, Blotched Tiger Salamander, Arizona Tiger Salamander, and Sonoran Tiger Salamander. This Barred Tiger Salamander is one of the largest...

2008-11-14 17:17:35

The Bosca's Newt (Triturus boscai), also known as the Iberian Newt, or Tritón Ibérico, is a species of salamander found in Portugal and Spain. It has an extensive range of habitats including temperate forests, shrubby vegetation, rivers, intermittent rivers, swamps, freshwater lakes, intermittent freshwater lakes, freshwater marshes, and sandy shores. It also can be found in pastureland, rural gardens, water storage areas, ponds, and introduced vegetation. It is threatened by habitat...

2008-09-17 12:35:57

The Greater Siren (Siren lacertina), is an eel-like amphibian. They are found from Washington D.C. to Florida. They are nocturnal and adults spend much of the day under debris and rocks or burrowed in mud or thick vegetation. Young are often seen amid water hyacinth roots. It is the largest of the Sirens, growing to between 19 and 38 inches in length. They range in color from black to brown, and have a lighter gray or yellow underbelly. Younger Sirens also have a light stripe along their...

2008-09-17 12:31:51

The Two-toed Amphiuma (Amphiuma means), is a snake-like salamander find primarily in southeastern Unites States. The range extends from southeastern Virginia to Florida, and west to Louisiana. The habitat is coastal plains where they can be found in acidic waters of swamps, bayous, and sometimes drainage ditch. This salamander is commonly, but incorrectly, called Congo Snake, Congo Eel or Blind Eel. This salamander grows to about 36 inches long. It has four legs that end with two or three...

2008-08-11 19:32:40

The Southern Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus auriculatus), is a species of salamander native to the coastal regions of the southeastern United States, from Virginia to Texas. It prefers tannic, swampy areas near ponds or on the flood plain of streams and rivers. Older sources often refer to it as the Eared Triton. The Southern Dusky Salamander grows from 3 to 6 inches in length. It is typically dark brown to black in color, with a long tail, and rear legs which are noticeably larger than...

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