Marbled Salamander (Ambystoma opacum)

Created: April 23rd, 2015 - 03:26 PM
Last Modified: April 27th, 2015 - 05:43 PM
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Record 6875
Monroe County
2015-04-22 15:45:00
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Posted by Katherine Greenwald on Apr 27, 2015 at 11:08 AM

Mindy, just wanted to thank you for submitting this info -- this is a VERY exciting find!! Lots of exclamation points bouncing around emails among us "herp nerds"! :-) I did much of my dissertation research on this species (in southern Ohio) so I was just thrilled to see this picture.

Posted by David Mifsud on Apr 24, 2015 at 05:36 PM

Please do not use locality even to park level in comments especially for endangered species. The first location you mentioned historically had a different rare Salamander. The folks there might be confused with species.

Posted by Nathan Richendollar on Apr 24, 2015 at 08:16 AM

I heard from a naturalist way back when that XXXXX used to have some Marbled Salamanders and from a fellow hobbyist that he found a few opacum up at XXXXX, but I never took them seriously. Maybe there's something to it?

Posted by Nathan Richendollar on Apr 24, 2015 at 08:12 AM

Sweet Roger Hunt Conant! What a find!

Posted by David Mifsud on Apr 23, 2015 at 08:30 PM

Thank you Mindy for the incredible find. This is what the Atlas is about! Citizen driven data helping to conserve! Looking forward to discussing this more with you.

Posted by Jonathan Manby on Apr 23, 2015 at 05:46 PM

Fantastic find! Made my day.

Posted by Mindy LaRocca on Apr 23, 2015 at 05:23 PM

I had NEVER seen anything like this in all my years in Michigan.

Posted by Nick Scobel on Apr 23, 2015 at 04:26 PM

What's the story on this guy. This would be a significant range extension for this species and the first documented in Michigan in many years!

The Michigan Herp Atlas began in 2004 in an effort to collect observational data about Michigan's amphibians and reptiles.

Our goal is to document their distribution and help measure changes or trends in populations.