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Rhyacotriton (Torrent Salamanders)?

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Torrent Salamanders (Rhyacotriton) This sub-forum is dedicated to these Pacific Coast cousins of Ambystoma and Dicamptodon.

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Where is the best place to post about Rhyacotriton sp.? I've looked all over the forum and don't know the best place to post about Rhyacotriton. I know they are not well known, but there has to be some place to post on them.

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Given that they lack a family subforum of their own, the appropriate place would probably be the parent forum - Species Genus and Family.

They're neat critters. I've found three of the four named species so far, but I also need to find the likely unnamed forms and fringe populations.



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And Voila! Through the wonders of moderation, you're the very first thread in the new section!



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Default Re: Rhyacotriton (Torrent Salamanders)?

John - Rhyacotriton are not cousins of Ambystoma and Dicamptodon. All current data place them closer to Amphiumidae and Plethodontidae.

The four named and possibly 4-5 unnamed species are restricted to icy clean mountain streams of the Pacific Northwest. Their speciation has been impacted by the carving and shifting of a millions-of-years-old river, the rise and eruptions of SEVERAL volcanos, AND repeated floods of lava hundreds of meters deep which covered state-sized areas before flowing into the Pacific. The type locality for R.cascadae is actually IN that basalt, where it has been carved through by that very river, more or less at the foot of one of those volcanos. [Wahkeena Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Larch Mountain/Mt. Hood]



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Thanks for creating an entire new section for Rhyacotriton! They are an awesome genus and I can't wait for more people to start posting.

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Awesome! Hopefully people with knowledge on this species can share their experiences and wisdom. Wasn't long ago when I came across this species in a article about salamanders of the northwest.



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