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Salamanders

L. Lee Grismer

in Amphibians and Reptiles of Baja California, Including Its Pacific Islands and the Islands in the Sea of Cortes

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780520224179
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925205 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520224179.003.0003
Salamanders

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The Plethodontidae are the world's largest group of salamanders, consisting of approximately 27 genera and 320 species. The salamander fauna of Baja California contains three genera: Aneides, Batrachoseps, and Ensatina. This chapter discusses the identification, distribution, taxonomy, natural history, and geographic variation of four major species of salamanders in Baja California: Aneides lugubris (Arboreal Salamander), Batrachoseps major (Garden Slender Salamander), Ensatina eschscholtzii (Monterey Ensantina), and Ensatina klauberi (Large-Blotched Ensantina).

Keywords: Plethodontidae; salamanders; Aneides lugubris; Arboreal Salamander; Batrachoseps major; Garden Slender Salamander; Ensatina eschscholtzii; Monterey Ensantina; Ensatina klauberi; Large-Blotched Ensantina

Chapter.  3731 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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