Ambystoma annulatum


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Ambystoma annulatum
Species Authority: (Cope, 1886)
Common Name/s:
English Ringed Salamander
Linguaelapsus annulatum (Cope, 1886)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor/s: Geoffrey Hammerson
Reviewer/s: Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species can be found in the Ozark Plateau and Ouachita Mountains of southern Missouri, eastern Oklahoma, and western Arkansas, United States.
United States
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Population [top]

Population: Total adult population size is unknown but probably exceeds 10,000. It appears to be stable.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is found in forested areas in vicinity of breeding pools, usually under objects or underground. Lays eggs on submerged plant material or on bottom of shallow ponds or temporary pools. Some eggs may survive temporary periods without standing water (Hutcherson et al. 1989).
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Threats include: draining or filling of breeding ponds; introduction of predatory fishes in conjunction with deepening of breeding ponds; loss and degradation of forest habitat surrounding breeding ponds. However, the species is apparently secure in a major portion of its range and because major threats tend to be localized occurrences, significant population declines have not been reported.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Wetlands protection is needed.
Citation: Geoffrey Hammerson 2004. Ambystoma annulatum. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 17 April 2014.
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