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Pseudotriton ruber ruber
Newly-metamorphosed juvenile. Coloration is bright red to reddish orange with many irregularly rounded, black spots with a somewhat lighter belly.
Spotted in a small stream under a rock. May be found in a variety of habitats but are most common around streams, springs, and small creeks. Adults wander far from water into upland forest habitats.
The red salamander is arguably one of the most primitive plethodontids (lungless salamanders), so is extremely valuable in understanding the links to ancestors and the evolutionary processes that have occurred.