Desmognathus auriculatus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Caudata Plethodontidae

Scientific Name: Desmognathus auriculatus (Holbrook, 1838)
Common Name(s):
English Southern Dusky Salamander
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2014. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6 (27 January 2014). New York, USA. Available at: (Accessed: 27 January 2014).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
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 Coastal Plain, USA, from southeastern Virginia to central Florida, west to eastern Texas (Means 1999).
Countries occurrence:
United States
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Population [top]

Population:Total adult population size is unknown but probably exceeds 100,000.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Mucky areas near springs, swamps, cypress heads, mud-bottomed streams, floodplain pools, and ravine streams where pockets of organic debris collect; usually in or near moving water. Its environment is usually acidic. Hides under leaves, logs, or debris or in burrows during day. Eggs are laid under or in logs or in depressions under moss or other cover near water. The larvae develop in water.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Loss of mature bottomland hardwood forest is the major potential threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Important conservation measures include protection and maintenance of mature bottomland hardwood forests.

Citation: Geoffrey Hammerson. 2004. Desmognathus auriculatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T59245A11905977. . Downloaded on 24 September 2018.
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