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Help with Desmognathus eggs

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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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Old 19th September 2011   #21 (permalink)
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UPDATE: The larvae are about 2 weeks old now and all are still doing fine. No casualties. I have brine shrimp and microworm cultures for them when they lose their yolk sac.

I am still trying to identify their mother. Any ideas? I put a red worm in the feeding enclosure to help you guys get an idea of size. Needless to say I retrieved the worm and chopped it and she gobbled it all up shortly after this photo taken. Less than 3 inches from head to tip of tail.

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Is there a possibility that this sal could be Desmognathus orestes? I don't know about their range, i'm basing only on the colouration, which, i know, might be an uncertain characteristic.



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For those interested. Jim Petranka has identified this female as a member of the Dusky Mountain complex. Most likely a hybrid of D. ocoee and D. carolinensis based on location, etc. Thanks Tim for hooking me up with Mr. Petranka. He's been a great help. Thanks for everyone's help on this.



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Cool, glad to help. I figured he would know best, especially given the location.

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Quick update. All these guys are doing great. The larvae are still going strong, only one loss which I have contributed to a water change taking its toll. These guys are growing ever so slowly. They are 3 months old and are barely an inch. Will update with pics soon.



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