Salamanders (Karlin and Pfingsten, 1989). The Division of Wildlife’s mission is to conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all. Similar Species: None. difficulty recognizing the southern limits of the Northern Dusky Salamanders' range, which has England, New York, and Pennsylvania to Virginia, then west to southern and eastern Ohio, There have The Northern Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus fuscus; Rafinesque 1820) is a member of the family Plethodontidae, also referred to as lungless salamanders (Gray 1850). Scientific Name: Eurycea bislineata Size: 2.5-4.75 inches (6.4-12.1 cm) in length Status: Abundant Habitat: Stream side along small to medium sized streams, springs, and hillside seeps with sandy to gravel substrate and rock or log cover. Description: Small to medium-sized species; semi-aquatic species. Maryland Salamanders lay eggs from June to early August (Danstedt, 1975) and New York Common Name: Northern Dusky Salamander. adult dipterans, ants, spiders, beetles, sowbugs, caterpillars, earthworms, amphipods, mites, Mouth line is relatively straight, as opposed to the sinuous mouth line of the Mountain Dusky Salamander. From 83 stomachs from the and 1.42/m2 and biomass estimates were reported for Salamanders in New Hampshire by Burton and Aestivation/Avoiding Dessication - Aestivation is unknown, and probably does not occur. AmphibiaWeb. Over their Bull., Vol. Age/Size at Reproductive Maturity - In New York, sexual maturity is reached when Salamanders sandstone bed. Grey to brown body. It reaches an adult size of 3 to 5 inches (7.6 to 12.7 cm). University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. a light line extends from the eye to the angle of the jaw, and. In older individuals the spots are gone and the wavy band may be Likens (1975b). Northern Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus fuscus) NH Conservation Status: Not listed. 1989), red Salamanders (Pseudotriton ruber; Stewart and Bellis, 1970; Karlin and Pfingsten, stated that in North Carolina they are Salamanders of small woodland brooks, found in both Pennsylvania, they are found along wet streambanks with substrates of medium or coarse gravel Holumuzki (1980) reported the dietary overlap and synchronous foraging of northern frequent the margins of streams, springs, leaf-littered trickles, spring banks with constantly Desmognathus fuscus. Range territory size 1.4 to 114 m^2; Home Range. Further study needed. Salamanders and sympatric Allegheny Mountain Salamanders, seal Salamanders, and spring A 10 gallon tank is a perfect size for any salamander. suggesting that brooding females do not actively forage. It frequently has 6 to 8 pairs of golden or reddish dorsal spots, which are normally separated. Its larval stage is entirely aquatic and after becoming mature the salamander uses the sense of smell for predation and finding potential mates. No reductions have been noted in the geographical distribution of western North Carolina (Spight, 1967c); 21 in 17 Pennsylvania females (Hall, 1977); and 24–33 (Krzysik, 1980a,b); and late June to mid August in Viriginia (Organ, 1961a). 1989), mud Salamanders (P. montanus; Spight, 1967c; Karlin and Pfingsten, 1989), spring DESCRIPTION: A moderate-sized, four-legged salamander averaging 1.2-2.4 inches in length, with individuals up to 5 inches in length described in the literature. On young individuals, white lines outlined in black start at the eye and angle down to their jaw. streams and under rocks, logs, rubbish or other shelter close by, but never in strictly and molted skins and larvae of Northern Dusky Salamanders. activities of man and to provide guidelines for financial penalties in attempts to mitigate or The winter retreats were of Bio. often common in the mouths of caves, but not within caves (Minton, 1972, 2001). Santeetlah dusky salamanders occur only in a small geographical area high in the Unicoi, Great Smoky, and Great Balsam mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. ... Northern Dusky Salamander. is triangular in cross-section. Salamanders from streams draining coal strip mines in eastern Kentucky and Tennessee appear to Lowest Conservation Concern. Similar Species: Redback salamander (smaller and more slender) ... Green Salamander Aneides aeneus. fuscus is Latin These salamanders are sometimes referred to as spring lizards and are used for fi shing bait. Torpor (Hibernation) - Ashton (1975), following the activity of five Salamanders during winter Northern Dusky Salamander - Desmognathus fuscus. elevation sites in Virginia, males become sexually mature at 3.5 yr and females 1 yr later, Adult salamanders in this family do not have lungs but take in oxygen through their skin. age at maturity for males is 3 yr (Hall, 1977). during the fall and spring in Virginia (Organ, 1961a) and New York (Bishop, 1941b). Organ, 1961a; Krzysik, 1979; Southerland, 1986e), Allegheny Mountain dusky Salamanders (D. Juterbock (1978) discussed maturity characteristics in northern of the City College of New York, New York. with the most densely human populated region of the United States. State Rank Status: Wide spread and secure. Co., Ithaca, N.Y, Conant, R., 1958, A field guide to reptiles and amphibians of the United States and Canada east of the 100th Meridian, 366 pgs., Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, MA, Conant, R., 1975, A field guide to reptiles and amphibians of Eastern and Central North America, 429 pgs., Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, MA, Juterbock, J.E., 1979, Nesting behavior in the dusky salamander, Desmognathus fuscus: Timing and significance of brooding and hatching events, Am. Brooding females will cannibalize their own eggs and 1980a); in August and September in New York (Bishop, 1941b); and in mid September in Ohio 13-20, Wilder, I.W., 1913, The life history of Desmognathus fusca, Biol. first ovipositing when 5 yr old (Organ, 1961a). m2) in 14 Northern Dusky Salamanders found along a creek in east-central Kentucky with a literature. highly correlated with that of potential invertebrate prey. Base of tail is typically lighter than the rest of the back. 1998). Note the light line extending from the eye to the jaw. 22–34 in 44 nests in Pennsylvania (Pawling, 1939); and an average of 26 eggs in seven nests in Enter Search Term(s): Search DEC Home » Animals, Plants, Aquatic Life » Amphibians & Reptiles » Herp Atlas Project » Species of Salamanders Found in New York » Northern Dusky Salamander … for "dusky". Northern Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus fuscus) Adult Photo of Northern Dusky Salamander courtesy of Brian Gratwicke CC by 2.0 Size: 2½ - 4½ in; Record – 5 in. dusky Salamanders with two other plethodontids and showed that Salamander surface activity was 1998; Means, this volume). Indiana (Minton, 1972, 2001); early June to early August in Maryland (Danstedt, 1975, 1979); 11 Seasonal Migrations - In Ohio between 23 November–21 December, Ashton (1975) reported that Northern Dusky Salamander Endemic to North America, the species is a small-sized salamander. Scientific Name: Desmognathus fuscus fuscus Size: 2.5-5 inches (6.5-13 cm) in length Status: Abundant . skunks, opossums, and other small mammals, snakes, and birds probably eat northern dusky Virginia Herpetological [3][14] Stream salamanders are known to be significant predators. More studies of the evolutionary relationships of northern dusky Indiana northern Females in a Tennessee population reproduced on Lighter colored stripe may run down middle of back. This highly diverse family is the largest among salamanders with 396 species (Frost 2010). Adults range from 3 – 5½ inches long. Adult Habitat - In New York, Northern Dusky Salamanders are found along the margins of small (1939) found that Northern Dusky Salamanders were eaten by northern Historical versus Current Abundance - In eastern Kentucky and Tennessee, northern dusky 1969, pg. Northern dusky salamanders prefer wooded or partially wooded moist habitats with running or trickling sources of water. In Ohio, females oviposit in the last Their back legs are larger and stronger then their front legs, and their tail is partially keel… Clutch size - There is variation in egg numbers, ranging from 13–34 with means ranging from terrestrial surroundings. The tail is keeled (knife-edged) on top. (1976) and Wood et al. targeted this facet of its biology. 1978, pg. Krzysik (1980b) compared gut contents dusky Salamanders are largely restricted to hillside springs and small, rocky brooks in White Mountains in New Hampshire, Burton (1976) reported many of the same groups plus mites, extensive geographical distribution, Northern Dusky Salamanders are syntopic with more Its average adult size ranges from 2 … limestone country, but are sometimes found in river bottomlands in spring seepage areas and are species (Barthalmus and Bellis, 1969, 1972; Barthalmus and Savidge, 1974; Hom, 1987; Juterbock, Historical versus Current Distribution - The geographic distribution of northern dusky Mean Massachusetts (Wilder, 1913). Spotted dusky salamanders range from southern Illinois and western Kentucky south to the Gulf Coast. In Pennsylvania, Northern dusky Salamanders also occur in Canada, and are found in Niagara Gorge in 4, pg. mature at approximately 2 yr and about 35 mm SVL; but females mature at 3 yr and about 40 mm SVL incubating clutches (Dennis, 1962). Salamanders than listed above, but such associations rarely have been reported in the Many individuals have a light stripe on the back extending from head to tail. debris that are partially submerged in streams (Karlin and Pfingsten, 1989). there is little doubt that many Northern Dusky Salamander populations have been impacted low boggy places under stones, logs, bark, and other debris on the ground (Bishop, 1941b). Salamanders moved into subterranean microhabitats that were warmer by several degrees centigrade The geographic distribution of southern dusky salamanders (Desmognathus auriculatus) has been mapped according to museum records and the literature (Means, 1999a). Ouachita dusky salamander Desmognathus carolinensis Dunn, 1916: Carolina Mountain dusky salamander Desmognathus conanti Rossman, 1958: spotted dusky salamander Desmognathus folkertsi Camp, Tilley, Austin & Marshall, 2002: dwarf blackbelly salamander Desmognathus fuscus (Rafinesque, 1820) northern dusky salamander Desmognathus imitator Dunn, 1927 Predators - Uhler et al. of Northern Dusky Salamanders are a poorly delineated contact zone between northern and spotted populations, but the species is wide ranging and ubiquitous in small stream valleys. Distribution: Throughout New Hampshire except streams near the seacoast. desmos is Greek for  "ligament",  gnathos is Greek for "jaw"  - This refers to the bundle of Desmognathus fuscus is the most wide-ranging of the dusky salamanders, being found from southern Canada all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. 1961a), but this author speculated that aggressive behavior served as a method of sex Animals likely avoid dessicating condition by seeking shelter under cover objects or in burrows. Also, dusky salamanders have a larger snout than most other small stream inhabiting salamanders. Helpful 1 Not Helpful 0. (1969) reported an average home range of 48.4 m2 (25.2–114.5 dusky Salamanders from Ohio and Kentucky. The number of eggs/nest was 5–33 in nine nests in Massachusetts (Wilder, 1913); severely or extirpated in the heavily urbanized and developed areas of its range, which coincide Because of the aggressive behavior among males and high site tenacity of the Breeding habitat - Same as adult habitat. These lines fade as the salamanders age. protozoans, trematodes, cestodes, nematodes, and acanthocephalans. 1. annelids. dipterans, spiders, and one gastropod (Barbour and Lancaster, 1946). The Northern Dusky Salamander is a grayish-brown salamander that is noticeably chunkier than the Northern Two-lined Salamander that they often share their habitat with. range can be determined (Barthalmus and Bellis, 1972). The range of northern dusky salamanders is as described above. Black-bellied Although studies are lacking, 24, pg. Food items identified from 53 Thanks! Dorsal coloration of adults is usually brown or tan with darker brown markings usually forming a stripe down the middle of the back. stomachs of Northern Dusky Salamanders from eastern Kentucky were amphipods, chilopods, and small rocks, and under logs about 15–90 cm from open water (Krzysik, 1979). repair damage should population losses occur (Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles The southern geographic limits 21–33 (see Petranka, 1998). Size: 2 ½ – 4 inches. In the Unicoi Mountains of Tennessee, males Brimley (1944) Appearance: Difficult to identify due to the highly variable coloration and pattern. Usually found in or immediately adjacent to water. 251-342, Barthalmus, G.T., E.D. Throughout their New England and midwestern ranges, urbanization has extirpated many Population densities ranging between 0.43 ligaments holding the jaw. stomachs of Indiana Northern Dusky Salamanders, Minton (1972, 2001) found beetles, lepidopteran Salamanders and their relatives are sorely needed to clearly map out their geographic ranges so indistinguishable from the body color. Breeding migrations - Northern dusky Salamanders commonly live within a few feet of streams or They have a distinguishing pale-coloured line that runs from behind their eyes to the rear of the jaw, and heavier set bodies with longer hind legs than front legs. auriculatus). Stewart and Bellis, 1970), northern slimy Salamanders (P. glutinosus; Spight, 1967c; Karlin and The northern dusky salamander also is the more common of our three dusky salamanders. The northern dusky salamander is a member of the lungless salamander family. Salamanders, but did not list the prey species eaten. activity radii were calculated for 21 Pennsylvania Northern Dusky Salamanders from which home Conservation - Monetary values of $0.25/specimen were assessed for Northern Dusky Salamanders The diet includes crustaceans, insects, spiders, worms, snails, millipedes, and other invertebrates. southeastern Indiana, eastern Kentucky, eastern Tennessee, and western North Carolina (Petranka, Size: 6.4 to 14.1 cm long (2 ½" to 5 ½") General Description: Dusky tan to dark brown back color with plain or mottled sides, sometimes with a wavy stripe on each side of back. 5 to 8 pairs round yellowish spots on juveniles. Description: A small 2.5-4.5 inch salamander that is typically dark gray or brown with a slightly darker molting across the back. Bellis, 1972, Home range, homing and the homing mechinism of the salamander, Desmognathus fuscus, Copeia, Vol. in Ohio, discovered that all were active and burrowed quickly to escape through gravel and Altig & McDiarmid 2015 - Classification and Description: Larvae/Metamorphosis - Hatchlings were discovered between 17 June–1 September in Massachusetts and autotomize their tails and flee (Whiteman and Wissinger, 1991). Habitat: Found near or in streams, seepage areas, and springs. Krzysik (1979) reported niche Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367). Home Range Size - Barbour et al. ochrophaeus; Noble and Evans, 1932; Organ, 1961a; Stewart and Bellis, 1970; Hall, 1977; Orr and Some Coastal Plain populations may represent an undescribed species. Kentucky and southeastern Ohio oviposit during July, and the eggs incubate for 46–61 d with a (Jones, 1986). Five to eight yellow dorsal spots bordered by a dark band are present on juveniles, and some remnants of these markings may or may not be present in adults. In other parts of their range, eggs have been found from 28 June–5 October in Zool., Vol. Bull., Vol. Desmognathus auriculatus (Holbrook, 1838b) Southern Dusky Salamander. Egg deposition sites - Eggs are attached to the undersides of rocks, logs, or other substrates Salamanders, extending from extreme southern Illinois, western Kentucky, and western Tennessee An adult Northern Dusky Salamander. roundworms was reported in New Hampshire Northern Dusky Salamanders by Burton (1976). Description. the third week in June to the end of August, and embryos hatch from late August to mid October into northern Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi (Rossman, 1958; E.E. Size: 3¼ – 5 inches. In strong contrast, along a small limestone stream in Ohio, Ashton (1975) Northern Dusky Salamander. Current data does not allow an accurate estimate of population size or trends. association (= locally sympatric or syntopic) with seal Salamanders (Desmognathus monticola; Description: The Northern Dusky Salamander ranges in size from 2.5-4.5 inches. been shown to overlap or abut the ranges of several cryptic species, with which it has been broken limestone of their winter streambed retreats when disturbed. Hardin, J.P. Schafer, M.J. Harvey, 1969, Home range, movements, and activity of the dusky salamander, Desmognathus fuscus, Copeia, Vol. in higher altitudes in southwestern Virginia (Organ, 1961a). among brooding and non-brooding females, finding significantly more food in the latter, upstream from their normal summer home. Adults are usually brownish with a light dorsal stripe that continues onto the first portion of the tail. Fitzmaurice, 1948; Dennis, 1962; Orr and Maple, 1978; Juterbock, 1986). Salamanders (D. quadramaculatus) were reported as predators by Noble and Evans (1932). Alabama populations were formerly considered to be northern dusky salamander, D. fuscus. for the purpose of establishing a system to quantify the loss of native amphibians by the In Maryland, males mature at 2 yr, females at 3 (Danstedt, 1975). 19, pg. 32, pg. Monetary Value of Amphibians Subcommittee, 1989). Interspecific Associations/Exclusions - Northern dusky Salamanders have been reported in Cannibalism In Ohio, they Northern Dusky Salamander. overlap, niche width, and utilization spectra of prey volumes among Pennsylvania northern dusky Diseases - No diseases have been reported. Kentucky to western South Carolina (see Karlin and Guttman, 1986; Petranka, 1998). 30–50 cm below the soil surface, which was frozen to a depth of 14 cm. The body is sparsely covered with dark spots that are concentrated on the sides and becomes white or grey on the underside. Montague and Poinski Etymology: Genus: desmos is Greek for "ligament", gnathos is Greek for "jaw" - This refers to the bundle of ligaments holding the jaw.. Barbour, R.W., J.W. They have a distinguishing pale-coloured line that runs from behind their eyes to the rear of the jaw, … Pfingsten, 1989), southern ravine Salamanders (Plethodon richmondi; Karlin and Pfingsten, 1989; Most often, they are found under flat rocks or logs near rocky or hillside streams or seeps, or in the moist, misty habitat near waterfalls. Larvae transform in late Ohio (Wood and Fitzmaurice, 1948). Dusky Salamanders (Genus Desmognathus) Members of this genus can usually be distinguished by their brown color, large jaw muscles, proportionally larger hind legs, and a light line from the posterior corner of the eye to the angle of the jaw. Salamander larvae are absent from many streams that drain coal strip mines (Gore, 1983). This stripe may be hard to see or obscured in older individuals. Dusky Salamanders often bite their predators (garter snakes) The northern dusky salamander can also be differentiated from other lungless salamanders including the eastern red-backed, the northern two-lined and the four-toed. In Northern Dusky Salamander . (Wilder, 1913); in July and August in Maryland (Danstedt, 1975) and Pennsylvania (Krzysik, Dusky salamanders also may prey on other amphibian larvae. 11–14 mo old in Virginia (Organ, 1961a); and between 11 May–17 June when 8–10 mo old in He concluded that at no Species Status: Endangered. been no studies documenting declines. Description: Coloration in this species (2.5 to 4.5 inches in length) is highly variable. A light line runs from the eye to the jaw. Ontario, in southeastern Québec, and in southern New Brunswick. (6.4 - … Davic (1983) concluded that adult Northern Dusky Salamander females were smaller (1955) reported on brooding females that had ingested oligochaete two weeks in July and the embryos hatch from early September to mid October (Wood and Possible parasitism by Historical versus Current Distribution. At high In (Hom, 1987). The Northern Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus fuscus) is a member of the family Plethodontidae (lungless salamanders). Salamanders (Gyrinophilus porphyriticus; Stewart and Bellis, 1970; Krzysik, 1979; Karlin and orthopterans, ephemeridans, odonates, hemipterans, lepidopterans, coleopterans, hymenopterans, are 24–26 mo old; mating and egg laying follows 1–2 mo later (Bishop, 1941b). May also be found in springs and seepage areas in woodlands. Northern Dusky Salamander. Most common along the edges of woodland streams under flat rocks and coarse woody debris. recognition. Adults mate The northern dusky salamander is a member of a large group of salamanders, the lungless salamanders, and as an individual species is found in abundance in Pennsylvania. Northern Dusky Salamander Desmognathus f. fuscus. a keeled tail, somewhat triangular in cross section. Salamanders [D. auriculatus]). This salamander is medium-sized (2.5-5 inches) and has a moderately keeled tail. Longevity - Snider and Bowler (1992) reported that a wild-caught adult of unknown sex lived 4 Coloration is gray to brown with light mottling with darker colors. (Dennis, 1962). two-lined Salamanders (Eurycea bislineata; Spight, 1967c; Stewart and Bellis, 1970; Holumuzki, 5.0 inches in length with a laterally compressed tail that. Recently the spotted dusky salamander (D. conanti) has been elevated from a subspecies of D. fuscus to a full species. Densities were calculated for populations at 0.8 m2 in Pennsylvania (Hall, Populations in eastern confused (e.g., spotted dusky Salamanders, Santeetlah dusky Salamanders [D. santeetlah], 1977), and between 0.4 and 1.4 animals/m2 in a North Carolina stream bed (Spight, 1967c). If you have a terrestrial or semi-aquatic salamander a small clam or oyster shell will make a great water dish. Scientific Name: Desmognathus fuscus fuscus. This provides plenty of space for water and hiding spot, as well as food and water dishes if needed. 293-297, Bishop, S.C., 1947, Handbook of Salamanders, 555 pgs., Comstock Publ. 679-685, Wilder, I.W., 1917, On the breeding habits of Desmognathus fusca, Biol. Dusky salamanders share habitat with two other native species, the two-lined and spring salamanders. time were Northern Dusky Salamanders in an inactive state. larvae, plecopteran nymphs, collembolans, mites, and fingernail clams (Wilder, 1913; Burton, 1976). Anti-Predator Mechanisms - Brooding females are hypothesized to keep egg predators away from Species Status: Common. June–24 September in Massachusetts (Wilder, 1913); July–September in southwestern Pennsylvania spring and early summer when 9–12 mo old in Maryland (Danstedt, 1975); in July–October when Maple, 1978; Krzysik, 1979; Karlin and Pfingsten, 1989; Holumuzki, 1980; Southerland, 1986e; watersnakes (Nerodia sipedon) and common garter snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis). As characteristic to dusky salamanders, the Northern Dusky Salamander has a light yellowish strip behind the eye to the corner of the mouth. D. Bruce Means 1. In eastern Tennessee, females oviposit from 1980; Karlin and Pfingsten, 1989), long-tailed Salamanders (E. longicauda; Karlin and Pfingsten, Similar Species: Closely related to 2 other species, Northern Dusky Salamander and Santeetlah Dusky Salamander, best distinguished by their ranges. may be found under logs, rocks and other cover. dusky Salamanders (D. conanti) that extends southeast from the Cumberland River in western by adults on larvae was reported by Wilder (1913) and Hamilton (1943). Society, Handbook of Larval Amphibians of the United States and Canada. This is a medium-sized salamander among those found in Connecticut. 1987), territorial behavior is probably well developed, but no studies have specifically Spotted dusky One of five species formerly lumped together and called the Mountain Dusky Salamander, the Allegheny Mountain Dusky Salamander is best told from its near relatives by it range. in or near water (see Petranka, 1998). Parasites - Rankin (1937) conducted an exhaustive study of the parasites of northern dusky 2020. an annual cycle (Hom, 1987). wooded streams, on seepage hillsides, in shallow weed-choked streams with sandy bottoms, and in Northern Dusky Salamanders. Allegheny Mountain Salamanders, Black Mountain Salamanders [D. welteri], and even southern dusky 639-642, Organ, J.A., 1990, Salamander Survey Section One 1990, Prepared for the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Jefferson National Forest, 40 pgs., Dept. in springs and are not known to undertake extensive migrations (Bishop, 1941b). Females lay eggs that studies of their population health and assessment of their conservation status can be made. those of others (Bishop, 1941b; Baldauf, 1947; Wood and Clarke, 1955; Jones, 1986). median incubation period of 47 d (Juterbock, 1986). 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