Monday, October 19, 2009

The variation of Desmognathus ochrophaeus (Mountain Dusky Salamander)

All sympatric forms of Desmognathus ochrophaeus in western North Carolina. 

Defining characters:
-naso-labial groove
-hind legs larger than front
-band running from posterior of eye to posterior of jaw
-round tail
Dark-bellied form

Dark bellied with orange tail (juvenile)
dark bellied with orange tail (adult)

Red-backed form
Mottled form

Pale form

Larval pattern

No comments: