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Road Runoff Spurring Spotted Salamander Evolution
2012-02-02 05:00:31

Spotted salamanders exposed to contaminated roadside ponds are adapting to their toxic environments, according to a Yale paper in Scientific Reports. This study provides the first documented evidence that a vertebrate has adapted to the negative effects of roads apparently by evolving rapidly. Salamanders breeding in roadside ponds are exposed to a host of contaminants from road runoff. Chief among these is sodium chloride from road salt, which reaches average concentrations of 70 times...

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2011-04-04 23:02:38

A species of algae long known to associate with spotted salamanders has been discovered to live inside the cells of developing embryos, say scientists from the U.S. and Canada, who report their findings in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.This is the first known example of a eukaryotic algae living stably inside the cells of any vertebrate."It raises the possibility that more animal/algae symbioses exist that we are not aware of," said Indiana University Bloomington...


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Barred tiger salamander, Ambystoma mavortium
2014-02-03 09:13:58

The Barred tiger salamander (Ambystoma mavortium) is also referred to as the Western tiger salamander. It’s a type of Mole salamander and a member of the Ambystomatidae family. This species ranges vastly from southwestern Canada in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, south through the western United States to Texas and into northern Mexico. Habitats often include forested or prairie areas near to a water source. The common name, Barred tiger salamander, is derived from...

Blue-spotted Salamander, Ambystoma laterale
2014-01-31 13:35:04

The Blue-spotted salamander (Ambystoma laterale) is part of a group referred to as, Mole salamanders. A member of the Ambystomatidae family, the species ranges throughout eastern and central US and Canada. The Blue-spotted salamander prefers seasonal woodlands and forests and finds shelter in wet, damp areas. Hiding under damp leaves, rocks, logs and moss, the salamander is able to find cover. Mostly comprised of their long tail, the Blue-spotted salamander reaches lengths of 3.15 to 5...

The Spotted salamander, Ambystoma maculatum
2013-12-14 19:06:47

The Spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) may also be referred to as the Yellow spotted salamander. It is a Mole salamander and a member of the Ambystomatidae family. The species is commonly found in the eastern United States and parts of Canada. Most of the time, the salamander inhabits lush forests, but they remain close to a water source, typically a slow-moving stream or pond. The Spotted salamander is considered solid and plump comparatively. Their length ranges anywhere between...

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2008-09-17 12:24:53

The Marbled Salamander (Ambystoma opacum), is a common and widespread species of mole salamander found in the eastern part of the United States. They are found from southern new England to northern Florida, and west to Illinois and Texas. Its habitat is damp woodlands, forests, and places where the dirt is soft and wet. Although flooded areas are essential for breeding, they rarely enter the water. The adult Marbled Salamander can grow to about 4 inches long. It is a stocky, boldly banded...

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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.'