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Desmognathus aeneus is a small terrestrial salamander of the North American Southeast. Adults have dark bellies and a chestnut to yellow dorsal stripe flanked by darker sides. The dorsal stripe is often wavy and occasionally consists of chevrons or "herring bone" segments. Adults have 13-14 costal groves with a total length of 38-57 mm between the snout and tail tip (Petranka 1998). Like all members of the plethodontid family, D. aeneus do not have lungs and have a nasolabial groove which runs from the nares to the dorsal lip.