Marbled Salamander - Ambystoma opacum


*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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Species Range: 

Louisiana Range:  Statewide, except the southernmost parishes.


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Global Conservation Status:  Marbled Salamanders have a relatively wide distribution in the eastern 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 G5 (Secure).

Federal Conservation Status:  None

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Marbled Salamanders do not have any special status in Louisiana.

Author's Remarks: I have observed this species in Louisiana from Kisatchie National Forest in Natchitoches, Vernon, Rapides, Grant, and Claiborne Parishes, the Atchafalaya Basin north of I10, Pearl River WMA in St. Tammany Parish, Sicily Island Hills WMA in Catahoula Parish, Chicot State Park in Evangeline Parish, Waddill WMA in East Baton Rouge Parish, Wallace Lake Biological Station in DeSoto Parish, on private land in East Feliciana Parish, and at Walter B. Jacobs Park in Caddo Parish.

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