Spotted Dusky Salamander - Desmognathus conanti

Spotted 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:  Central and northern Louisiana and the Florida Parishes, but absent from the Mississippi River floodplain.


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Global Conservation Status:  Spotted Dusky Salamanders are not directly assessed by the IUCN, but rather, they place this taxon as a subspecies within the Dusky Salamander, which have a relatively wide distribution in eastern North America and a presumed large population, and thus, are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. The Spotted Dusky Salamander has a NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank of G5 (Secure).

Federal Conservation Status:  None

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

Author's Remarks: I have found this species in Louisiana at Mary Ann Brown Preserve in West Feliciana Parish, Bogue Chitto State Park in Washington Parish, Sicily Island Hills WMA in Catahoula Parish, Lee Memorial Forest in Washington Parish, and in Kisatchie National Forest near the Wild Azalea Trail in Rapides Parish.

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