Northern Dusky Salamander

The Northern 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.

northern dusky salamander by those acknowledging that populations in the southern United States form a separate species, called the southern dusky salamander (Desmognathus conanti). More

The Northern Dusky Salamander is a stout salamander whose back legs tend to be slightly larger than the front. They are highly variable in color, and the dorsal surface is marked with a broad yellowish-gray, tan, or brown stripe that runs from head to tail. More

Range: The northern dusky salamander is common throughout West Virginia, from the lowest elevations up to an altitude of 3,900 ft. It is the most common salamander found in many of the streams in the state. Status: Not listed. More

Features: The Northern Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus fuscus) was reported as occurring historically in the Niagara region of Ontario, but this was not verified until biologists found adults and larvae in streams near Niagara Falls in 1989. More

The Northern Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus fuscus) has no subspecies. The Northern Dusky Salamander belongs to the genus Desmognathus and is in the family Plethodontidae which is represented in Indiana by 11 different species. More

Northern Dusky Salamanders are variable in color and pattern. They usually have a reddish-brown, wavy bordered stripe down the back. Their belly is cream-colored and usually sprinkled with gray or brown flecks. More

The Northern Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus fuscus) is the only tailed amphibian found so far at Hilton Pond Center. The species is widely distributed across all the uplands of the Carolinas, where they inhabit streams and wet bottomlands and ravines. More

The Northern Dusky Salamander is abundant but elusive. Surprising quick and agile, the Dusky will leap to avoid capture. This is the only picture I was able to take before this specimen jumped to the forest floor and disappeared. More

boldly patterned than northern dusky salamanders and may retain their juvenile spots into adulthood, while northern dusky salamanders typically lose their markings and become more uniformly colored with age. More

An adult northern dusky salamander is between 2.5 and 4.5 inches long. Their tail makes up a little less than half their total body length. Their tail is keeled. They are typically gray or brown, but their color does have a lot of variation. More

The northern dusky salamander is a plethodontid salamander, one of five species of plethodontids found in Massachusetts. More

The Northern Dusky Salamander is a grayish-brown salamander that is noticably chunkier than the Northern Two-lined Salamander. Adults range from 3 - 5½ inches long. White lines outlined in black start at the eye and angle down to their jaw. More

The northern dusky salamander is found throughout eastern North America, and is widely distributed in southern New England (Klemens 1993); however, it is relatively uncommon in Rhode Island (C. Raithel in Klemens 1993). More

* The northern dusky salamander is grey to brown in colour, with a diagonal line running from the eye to behind the mouth. More

Picture of Desmognathus fuscus has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.
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Author: Ken-ichi Ueda
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Order : Caudata
Family : Plethodontidae
Genus : Desmognathus
Species : fuscus
Authority : (Green, 1818)