14 A.b. (1 adult, 1 larval form, 11 metamorphs) collected from Browns Creek in Kruze Meadows of the Craig Mountain WMA. 9 person collecting effort, 3-4:25pm.
Craig Mountain WMA. Browns Creek passes through open meadow (intermittent flow), water confined to pools harboring larval and sub adult forms of A. macrodactylum.
Western long-toed salamander
I came across this fella while cleaning up an old shed that had fallen down during the December 2007 storm.
Western red-backed or wandering salamander?
The long-toed salamander (Ambystoma macrodactylum, Baird 1849) is a mole salamander in the family Ambystomatidae. This species, typically 4.1–8.9 cm (1.6 to 3.5 in) long when mature, is characterized by its mottled black, brown, and yellow pigmentation, and its long outer fourth toe on the hind limbs. Analysis of fossil records, genetics, and biogeography suggest A. macrodactylum and A. laterale are descended from a common ancestor that gained access to the western Cordillera with the loss of the mid-continental...