Tag Archives: Caudata

When John Holbrook described the Dwarf Salamander, Salamandra quadridigitata in 1842, he did not know where the specimen came from. It was not until 1953, when the type locality was restricted to the area around Charleston, South Carolina by Karl Schmidt. By 1947 it was placed in the genus Manculus, and three subspecies were recognized:…

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  • Phylogenetics of Kingsnakes in the Lampropeltis getula Complex, in Eastern North America February 21, 2017
    Distribution of kingsnakes in the Lampropeltis getula complex in North America: (A) Lampropeltis californiae (banded); (B) Lampropeltis holbrooki; (C) Lampropeltis nigra; (D) Lampropeltis getula getula; (E) Lampropeltis getula “sticticeps”; (F) Lampropeltis getula floridana; (G–I) Lampropeltis getula meansi (patternless, striped, and wide-banded, respectively); (J) Lampropeltis splendida; (K) Lampropeltis getula nigrita; (L) Lampropeltis californiae (striped). Distributions are modified after Conant and Collins (1998), Krysko […]
  • Climatic and geographic predictors of life history variation in Eastern Massasauga, Sistrurus catenatus February 18, 2017
    A juvenile Eastern Massasauga. Photo credit: Eric Hileman.A new study is bringing attention to a little known and imperiled rattlesnake that slithers among the wetlands in regions surrounding the Great Lakes.The Eastern Massasauga rattler was once common in such states as Indiana and Illinois. Until recent years, it could still be found in Chicago's Cook […]
  • Gliding lizards use the position of the sun to enhance social display February 12, 2017
    Sulawesi Lined Gliding Lizard (Draco spilonotus) showing the sun on the dewlapPhoto A. S. Kono/WikamediaIn a recent paper, Klomp et al. describe how a gliding lizard in the genus Draco orient their body to the sun so that the light emphasizes their display. The following is the abstract from the paper.Effective communication requires animal signals to be […]