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Climate Change May Be Shrinking Salamanders
2014-03-26 10:53:08

[ Watch the Video: Salamanders Shrinking Due to Climate Change ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from a team of American scientists has found that salamanders living in the Appalachian Mountains have been getting smaller and smaller over the last 55 years as climate change gradually makes their habitat warmer and drier. Published in the journal Global Change Biology, the new study was based on the examination of museum specimen salamanders collected...

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...

2009-02-10 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...

2008-02-22 09:35:00

MU study suggests salamanders are 'keystone' speciesUniversity of Missouri scientist Ray Semlitsch studies creatures most people don't ever see. These creatures are active only at night and thrive in the shallow, cool, wet surroundings of headwater streams, an oft-overlooked biological environment.A collaborative study, with MU graduate student Bill Peterman, recently published in the journal Freshwater Biology, revealed the biomass (total mass of an organism in an area) of the black-bellied...

Latest Salamandroidea Reference Libraries

Two-toed amphiuma, Amphiuma means
2014-02-06 11:34:03

The Two-toed amphiuma (Amphiuma means) is a salamander species and a member of the Amphiumidae family. The species is native to the southeastern United States, commonly ranging from the coastal plains of Virginia, Florida and eastern Louisiana. The Two-toed amphiuma inhabits acidic waters, commonly ponds, swamps, sloughs and bayous. The species is fully aquatic all the way through to adulthood, except during nesting. A partial metamorphosis occurs bringing it out of its larval stage and...

Three-toed amphiuma, Amphiuma tridactylum
2014-02-06 11:13:25

The Three-toed amphiuma (Amphiuma tridactylum) is a species of salamander and a member of the Amphiumidae family. The species is found in the southeastern United States, typically ranging from Alabama to Texas and north to Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky. The Three-toed amphiuma inhabit marshes, swamps, lakes, slow-moving streams, bayous and cypress sloughs. Typically, the species spends most of its time burrowed; it is nocturnal by nature. The Three-toed salamander often has...

Southern torrent salamander, Rhyacotriton variegatus
2014-02-06 10:43:11

The Southern torrent salamander (Rhyacotriton variegatus) is a medium sized species of the Rhyacotritonidae family. Native to the Pacific Northwest, the Southern torrent ranges from northern California into northern Oregon. A Southern torrent salamander is born aquatic. Most of the species remain aquatic for the duration of life, although some adults are capable of land activity. Shallow, gravel filled streams, waterfalls and a seepage is a preferred habitat. The species that become...

Coastal giant salamander, Dicamptodon tenebrosus
2014-02-04 09:37:14

The Coastal giant salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus) is a member of the Dicamptodontidae family. The species is native to the United States and Canada. The Coastal giant salamander ranges from northern California to Oregon and Washington and throughout parts of south British Columbia. The Coastal giant salamander inhabits freshwater lakes, marshes and rivers. The species may also be found in temperate deciduous forests. A nocturnal species, the Coastal giant salamander may or may not go...

California giant salamander, Dicamptodon ensatus
2014-02-04 09:07:49

The California giant salamander (Dicamptodon ensatus) is a member of the Dicamptodontidae family. The species is native only to northern California. The California giant salamander inhabits moist, coastal forests or streams, lakes and ponds. Some of the species may remain gilled aquatic creatures, while others transform and become terrestrial land creatures. The California giant is nocturnal and most of its life is spent hiding and burrowing. Typically, the California giant salamander...

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