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Southern Torrent Salamander - Photo (c) 2013 Todd Pierson, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
biosam's ID: Southern Torrent Salamander (Rhyacotriton variegatus)
Posted by biosam over 4 years ago (Flag)
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Jealous!! Have you seen tailed frog? I've looked for both of them a bunch around there. Did you hear they just found tailed frog pretty far south in Mendocino county?

Posted by loarie over 4 years ago (Flag)
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That's really cool news. Someone found one on this trip but I didn't see it. Next time!

Posted by biosam over 4 years ago (Flag)
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Southern Torrent Salamander - Photo (c) 2013 Todd Pierson, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
nickdwaters's ID: Southern Torrent Salamander (Rhyacotriton variegatus)
Posted by nickdwaters almost 4 years ago (Flag)
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Looks like a juvenile Pacific Giant Salamander to me. One rear foot with 5 toes is a clue. Torrent salamanders are more slender, more golden in color, have a proportionally longer tail and more bulging eyes than Pacific Giants (Dicamptodon tenebrosus).

Posted by beel almost 3 years ago (Flag)
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Coastal Giant Salamander - Photo (c) Greg Schechter, some rights reserved (CC BY)
beel's ID: Coastal Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus)
Posted by beel almost 3 years ago (Flag)
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This is a metamorphosing larval Rhyacotriton variegatus. Note the dark flecks, yellow-green tone of the body, the diminished gills, the rounded snout with the slightly protuding eyes, and so on.

Dicamptodon larvae are a dusky brown with noticeable mottling and very obvious, reddish gills. The toes are keratinous and the snout spadelike with inset eyes which enables the critters to burrow.

Here is a link for you to see some decent photos: http://www.amphibiainfo.com/gallery/caudata/dicamptodontidae/dicamptodon/tenebrosus/

Posted by nickdwaters almost 3 years ago (Flag)
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Southern Torrent Salamander - Photo (c) 2013 Todd Pierson, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
kueda's ID: Southern Torrent Salamander (Rhyacotriton variegatus)

Yellow venter and googly eyes do it for me.

Posted by kueda almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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Southern Torrent Salamander - Photo (c) 2013 Todd Pierson, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
loarie's ID: Southern Torrent Salamander (Rhyacotriton variegatus)
Posted by loarie almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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Southern Torrent Salamander - Photo (c) 2013 Todd Pierson, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
john8's ID: Southern Torrent Salamander (Rhyacotriton variegatus)
Posted by john8 almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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Southern Torrent Salamander - Photo (c) 2013 Todd Pierson, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
dominic's ID: Southern Torrent Salamander (Rhyacotriton variegatus)
Posted by dominic 10 months ago (Flag)
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Southern Torrent Salamander - Photo (c) 2013 Todd Pierson, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
biosam's ID: Southern Torrent Salamander (Rhyacotriton variegatus)
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Southern Torrent Salamander - Photo (c) 2013 Todd Pierson, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
Community ID: Southern Torrent Salamander (Rhyacotriton variegatus)
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Coastal Giant Salamander - Photo (c) Greg Schechter, some rights reserved (CC BY)
beel's ID: Coastal Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus)
biosam would like some help identifying this

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