Southern Dusky Salamander - Desmognathus auriculatus

Southern_Dusky_Salamander

*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:  Primarily central Louisiana and the Florida Parishes, but some records in the southern and northern parts of the state.

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Global Conservation Status:  Southern Dusky Salamanders 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:  Southern Dusky Salamanders Salamanders have a ranking of S1 (critically imperiled because of extreme rarity – 5 or fewer 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: There is recent evidence that many of the populations that were formally attributed to this species (and depicted in the parish records map above) are not in fact Southern Dusky Salamanders. True Southern Dusky Salamanders are pretty rare in the state, and found primarily in the Florida Parishes. I have never found this species anywhere in its range.

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