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Larval Amphibians - Salamanders

Allegheny mountain and Northern Dusky Salamander

Desmognathus ochrophaeus         Desmognathus fuscus
  • D. fuscus maximum larvae length 33-42mm; D. ochrophaeus maximum larvae length 24-35mm
  • Both species are grey brown with conspicuous markings (D. fuscus, light brown spots; D. ochrophaeus, dark brown stripe) down back and on to tail
  • Squarish snout; dorsal tail fin extends to the base of the tail
  • Small whitish gills; costal grooves present
  • Eggs: 12- 40 eggs, usually laid out of water and in early summer along edges of streams in scoped out nests beneath logs and rocks; guarded by female
  • Habitat: larvae found under rocks and woody debris in small streams, springs and seepage areas; only found in the Niagara Region in Ontario
  • D. ochrophaeus COSEWIC: THREATENED; OMNR: Not Identified
  • D. fuscus COSEWIC: Not at Risk; OMNR: ENDANGERED

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