Gulf Coast Waterdog - Necturus beyeri

Gulf_Coast_Waterdog

*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.


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Subspecies: No subspecies recognized.

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Louisiana Range:  West-central Louisiana and the Florida Parishes.

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Global Conservation Status:  Gulf Coast Waterdogs have a relatively wide distribution in the southeastern United States and a presumed large population, and thus, are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G4 (Apparently Secure).

Federal Conservation Status:  None

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Gulf Coast Waterdogs have a ranking of S3 (rare and local throughout the state – 21-100 known extant populations) in Louisiana.

*** If you live in the range of this species in Louisiana and believe you may have observed this species please let me know (take a picture if possible), as there may be more unknown populations in the state.***

Author's Remarks: I first found this species on two occasions in 2014 at one location in St. Tammany Parish. I have since observed hundreds during some targeted research on them in 2015 at this location. In late 2015 through early 2017 we documented this species at several locations in Allen, Beauregard, Sabine and Vernon Parishes in southwest Louisiana.

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