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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 27th November 2017   #1
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Default Bolitoglossa jacksonii rediscovered

I realize I'm kind of late to the party, but apparently Jackson's Bolitoglossa was rediscovered this year!
https://www.rainforesttrust.org/news...-project-site/
I first found out about this salamander about a year or two ago, and I remember thinking how sad I was that its habitat had been preserved but the salamander remained unseen, despite extensive searching. Yet here it is, and unmistakably so--this isn't one of those cases where it might be a different species with an overlapping range that kind of looks the same. What an exciting find! I've seen elsewhere that it might live in the canopy, which would definitely go a long way toward explaining why it hadn't been seen, particularly if it reproduces in the canopy as well.



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