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Dicamptodon ensatus
Dicamptodon ensatus
California Giant Salamander
Photographer: William Flaxington

ID: 0000 0000 0901 0468 (2001-09-19)

Copyright © 2006 William Flaxington

  • date of photo  May 3, 2001
  • latitude 37.93713   longitude -122.51725   max error distance 34 meters     View on Google Maps.
  • horizontal datum World Geodetic System 1984
  • georeferencing source GeoLocate
  • location   Marin Municipal Water District Watershed (Marin County, California, US)
  • family Dicamptodontidae
  • order Caudata
  • class Amphibia
  • habitat  Mixed Hardwood Forest
  • notes   In afternoon, larvae detected exposed in shallow bank water and when approached darted to leafy debris. Carefully running fingers through this leafy deposit caused larvae to reveal itself and drift to surface. In another cascading pool, additional larvae detected. Remarkably, one larvae was seen out of water on stone that broke the surface, and when approached it quickly dropped into pool and took refuge beneath stone. Where it was later revealed by slowly lifting its rock refuge. Later, small to moderate size larvae found by sitting at edge of pool and visually scanning rock niches.Larvae: Short, bushy gills and short dorsal tail fin. Dorsal mottled and pale eye stripe; below whitish.
  • photo category: Animal - Amphibian

  • common names   California Giant Salamander (AW ) California Giant Salamander (photographer)
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