Southern dusky salamander

The Southern dusky salamander is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

Range of the Southern Dusky Salamander in our region Range of the Southern Dusky Salamander in the eastern U.S.A. More

peaty habitats overlap those of the southern dusky salamander (Means 2000). BASIS FOR STATUS CLASSIFICATION: Poorly known until the 1970s because of the confusing external similarity among sympatric dusky salamanders, and the southern dusky salamander’s preference for mucky, peaty habitats (Means 1974). More

In Florida, southern dusky salamanders were the most abundant salamander in their habitat, but Dodd (1998) and Means (2003d) have reported wholesale extinctions in > 50 sites that appear to be relatively undisturbed. More

Diet: Southern dusky salamanders have been found to eat a variety of aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates. Reproduction: Females typically lay eggs close to water and remain with them until hatching. More

The Southern Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus auriculatus), is a species of salamander native to the coastal regions of the southeastern United States, from Virginia to Texas. It prefers tannic, swampy areas near ponds or on the flood plain of streams and rivers. More

Order : Caudata
Family : Plethodontidae
Genus : Desmognathus
Species : auriculatus
Authority : (Holbrook, 1838)