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Black Salamander

Aneides flavipunctatus


wacbravo 9 years ago

I disagree with the previous ID of this spotting being of a Black Salamander (Aneides flavipunctatus). Black Salamanders likely have a very restricted range, "from extreme south-western Oregon south through north-western California, USA" ( This spotting was in Ontario, nearly across the continent. The Blue-Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma laterale) is, however, a native of the spotting area and resembles the one photographed. "Blue-spotted salamanders are found from eastern central North America and stretch in a broad band across to the Atlantic Provinces and northern New England. They are found around the Great Lakes and west as far as central Manitoba. They reach as far north as James Bay, Ontario." (

Mandy Hollman
Mandy Hollman 9 years ago

Nice-looking salamander. It's so cute and stout. Very cool.

BrandonBlount 9 years ago

I see you have added this to the Backyard Habitats of the World mission; please can you provide some information on the specific modifications you have carried out to create a habitat for wildlife. If you have not created a "wildlife habitat" please can you remove this spotting from the mission?"

MarilynCouture 9 years ago

I just looked it up and you were right! A black salamander :) thanks!!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

No problem! A great amphibian specialist is Neil Dazet, who is usually on later in the day, if you want him to confirm the ID.

MarilynCouture 9 years ago

Thank you jgorneau!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Hello Marilyn, I am not an expert with amphibians, so you may want this verified. The link provided above, as well as the link below look much alike to your spotting.

Spotted by

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Spotted on May 27, 2012
Submitted on May 28, 2012

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