October 2014 Biodiversity Spotlight

Reticulated Flatwoods Salamander

The reticulated flatwoods salamander (Ambystoma bishopi) is a federally endangered species that occurs in a small portion of the southeastern United States in pine flatwoods surrounding the Apalachicola and Flint rivers.

Adult individuals are fossorial (live underground) and occupy burrows. The reticulated flatwoods salamander breeds in October through January in acidic, tannin-stained ephemeral wetlands, which is why iDigBio has featured their photo in the October iDigBio Newsletter. The photo is of a larval salamander and was taken by a FWC researcher in February.

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Want to learn more?

  • The iDigBio Specimen Portal houses 100 specimen records for this species. View them here.
  • Read more about vouchered specimens in Florida for the reticulated flatwoods salamander in the Atlas of Amphibians and Reptiles.
  • Read about their status through ICUN and FWC


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