Western Dwarf Salamander - Eurycea paludicola

Western Dwarf 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.


Similar Species: 

Species Range: 

Louisiana Range:  Statewide, but uncommon in the Mississippi River floodplain in north Louisiana.


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Global Conservation Status:  Western Dwarf Salamanders have not been assessed but the former Dwarf Salamander had a relatively wide distribution in the southeastern United States and a presumed large population, and thus, were 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:  Western Dwarf Salamanders do not have any special status in Louisiana.

Author's Remarks: I have found this species in Louisiana from Kisatchie National Forest in Natchitoches Parish, Vernon Parish, Grant Parish and Rapides Parish, Bogue Chitto NWR in St. Tammany Parish, Bogue Chitto State Park in Washington Parish, Chicot Arboretum area in Evangeline Parish, Sicily Island Hills WMA in Catahoula Parish, Palmetto Island State Park in Vermilion Parish, Wallace Lake Biological Station in DeSoto Parish, Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park in Caddo Parish, and a site in St. Tammany Parish.

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