Desmognathus ochrophaeus — Updates

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    Joseph Bernardo commented on an older version of Conservation Status:

    the description provided refers specifically to range margin populations in southern Quebec, but the description extends this to the entire species throughout its entire range. This is not accurate.

    almost 4 years ago

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    Joseph Bernardo commented on an older version of Behavior:

    The description of courtship and mating is inaccurate, because the two sexes do come into physical contact. The description of tail loss stating that "predetermined zone of breakage at the base of the tail where it will break off" is true for some salamanders but not Desmognathus- the tail can break off at any position along its length, not just at its base.

    almost 4 years ago

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    Joseph Bernardo commented on an older version of Habitat:

    This description is based on localized populations in Canada and makes inaccurate statements about home range.

    almost 4 years ago

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    Joseph Bernardo commented on an older version of Geographic Range:

    This description is based upon outdated distributional information that refers to the species before a molecular genetic analyses revealed several cryptic species (see comment under species page). Also the standard common name stated in this text is incorrect (see: 2008 Scientific and standard English names of amphibians and reptiles of North America north of Mexico, with comments regarding confidence in our understanding. 6th Edition. SSAR Herpetological Circulars No. 37: 1-94.)

    almost 4 years ago

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    Joseph Bernardo commented on an older version of Geographic Range:

    This description is based upon outdated distributional information that refers to the species before a molecular genetic analyses revealed several cryptic species (see comment under species page). Also the standard common name stated in this text is incorrect (see: 2008 Scientific and standard English names of amphibians and reptiles of North America north of Mexico, with comments regarding confidence in our understanding. 6th Edition. SSAR Herpetological Circulars No. 37: 1-94.)

    almost 4 years ago

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    Joseph Bernardo commented on "Desmognathus ochrophaeus Cope, 1859":

    Originally thought to be a highly variable and widely ranging species, a detailed molecular genetic analysis using allozyme data (Tilley, S. G. & M. J. Mahoney. 1996. Patterns of genetic differentiation in salamanders of the Desmognathus ochrophaeus complex (Amphibia: Plethodontidae). Herp. Monogr. 10:1-42.) revealed several evolutionarily distinct cryptic species that were disaggregated from D. ochrophaeus and elevated to specific status (D. ocoee, D. orestes, D. carolinensis). D. ochrophaeus is still widely ranging from southern West Virginia, USA to Southern Quebec Province, Canada, but it is not as morphologically variable as was once thought due to the presence of the cryptic species.

    almost 4 years ago • edited: almost 3 years ago

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    Joseph Bernardo commented on an older version of Desmognathus ochrophaeus:

    Stated locality is outside the range of D. ochrophaeus. Currently this image is assignable to D. ocoee,

    almost 4 years ago

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    Joseph Bernardo commented on an older version of Desmognathus ochrophaeus:

    Stated locality is outside the range of D. ochrophaeus. Currently this image is assignable to D. ocoee,

    almost 4 years ago

  • Profile picture of Joseph Bernardo who took this action.

    Joseph Bernardo commented on an older version of Desmognathus ochrophaeus:

    Stated locality is outside the range of D. ochrophaeus. Currently this image is assignable to D. ocoee,

    almost 4 years ago

  • Profile picture of Joseph Bernardo who took this action.

    Joseph Bernardo commented on an older version of Desmognathus ochrophaeus:

    Stated locality is outside the range of D. ochrophaeus. Currently this image is assignable to D. ocoee,

    almost 4 years ago

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