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Spotted salamander egg mass


Spotted salamander females lay the often kidney-shaped egg masses in vernal pools in early spring. Some masses are clear, while some are opaque like this one, based on the parents' genetics.


Large, 40 x100M vernal pool in mixed forest.


Embryos are often missing from protecting jelly due to caddie fly larvae predation

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Lincolnville, Maine, United States

Spotted on Apr 20, 2012
Submitted on Apr 20, 2012

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