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Barred tiger salamander

Ambystoma mavortium mavortium

Description:

Averages 3 to 6 1/2 inches in length. Yellow to dark olive spots on its back, averages 32 in number, that may be irregular and extend between their fore and hind limbs.

Habitat:

Found 4-5 individuals in tall, thick weeds next to our dumpster. The ground layer of vegetation was composting, providing a very humid environment.

Notes:

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4 Comments

Duprasi
Duprasi 6 years ago

You are probably right. There really isn't any "barring" on these guys, but the spotting on the Arizonas seem a little fuzzier around the edges of the spots than the barred's spots.

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

The pattern varies by individual, trying to match pattern isn't going to work. Here's another link that shows that subspecies is not where you found this salamander at: http://www.californiaherps.com/noncal/so...

Duprasi
Duprasi 6 years ago

According to the Audubon Field Guide and the NM Dept of Fish and Game A. m. nebulosum is found in NM.

The pattern doesn't match any versions of mavortium I've seen, but I'm still looking.

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

If you feel the need to go down to subspecies, then the correct subspecies is A. m. mavortium. It is the only subspecies found in NM, http://nmherpsociety.org/amphibians/amby...

Duprasi
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Duprasi

Clovis, New Mexico, USA

Spotted on Aug 10, 2015
Submitted on Aug 11, 2015

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