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Red-backed salamander (lead phase)

Plethodon cinereus


Skittish and fairly large adult salamander with gold-flecked skin.


Found underneath a log in temperate woodlands at High Rock Park.


Observed to behave differently than the red-backed phase, although they are the same species. I found another individual of this species in the park as well, however, on a different day: https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/76...

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mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 5 months ago

Thank you, Tukup! :)

Tukup 5 months ago

Very interesting Mauna. Thanks for making me dig a little :-) Great spotting!

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 5 months ago

Thank you, Neil! I thought it was interesting to read about the behavioral implications of polymorphism.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 5 months ago

An interesting spotting, Mauna. Great photos, and thanks for adding the reference. It helped me understand what was meant by "phase".

mauna Kunzah
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mauna Kunzah

NYC, New York, USA

Lat: 40.58, Long: -74.12

Spotted on Apr 29, 2019
Submitted on Jun 7, 2019

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