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Unknown Salamander

This is a discussion on Unknown Salamander within the Plethodontids and Lungless Salamanders (Bolitoglossa, Eurycea, Plethodon, etc.) forums, part of the Species, Genus & Family Discussions category; So I have no idea the locale on this salamander. It was found in a box of moss purchased in ...

Plethodontids and Lungless Salamanders (Bolitoglossa, Eurycea, Plethodon, etc.) The largest, and one of the most diverse groups of salamanders, these salamanders have all evolved to breathe solely through their skin and are found almost exclusively in North America.

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So I have no idea the locale on this salamander. It was found in a box of moss purchased in a plant nursery. I have an idea what it is, but I don't want to taint anyone's opinion. Any ideas what this could be.
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Desmognathus of some sort. Without locality, it's hard to say much more, but my first suspicion is D.fuscus.



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Looks like a Seal salamander (Desmognathus monticola) to me.



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Yes looks like a Seal salamander (Desmognathus monticola)



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This link will show you 24 pictures to compare it too. Two of them are almost a perfect match.



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Don't think it's monticola. D. monticola should have a strong keel on the posterior 2/3 of the tail, that one looks pretty round. Could be fuscus or conanti, but it is hard to tell without any locality info or more characteristics visible.



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Lack of keel was my main reason for guessing fuscus. Color isn't terribly useful in many desmos.



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