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Taricha granulosa
Taricha granulosa
Rough-skinned Newt
Photographer: Aaron Schusteff

ID: 0000 0000 0709 1669 (2009-07-26)

Copyright © 2009 Aaron Schusteff

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  • date of photo  Dec 23, 2007
  • location   Sweeney Ridge, Golden Gate National Recreation Area (San Mateo County, California, US)
  • family Salamandridae
  • order Caudata
  • class Amphibia
  • notes   Found crossing a road at dusk. Though the road was dry at the time, the area is frequently enveloped in fog and the road then becomes wet from condensation and fog-drip.

    I always move these guys off the pavement when I encounter them, as bicyclists sometimes race down this road and I've seen run-over newt and snake carcasses :-( .

    BTW, I'm actually not certain whether this is Taricha granulosa or T. torosa. I've read that T. torosa usually has eyes that bulge a bit outside the outline of its head when seen from above. I don't have such a top-view shot, but upon close examination of these photos (especially the last of the 5), it appears the lower jaw would extend beyond the eyes when seen in vertical projection. Also, this newt has dark (rather than light) lower eyelids...another character of T. granulosa that I have read about. Unfortunately, I didn't gently tap this individual's back to see it strike its 'defensive pose', or else I could have looked at whether it held its tail straight (T. torosa) or curled at the tip (T. granulosa). But my best guess is T. granulosa. If an expert can tell me otherwise, I'll be glad to know (and change the posted name).

    Postscript 11/15/18: ID of Taricha granulosa here has been confirmed by salamander-expert David B. Wake (cf. Fig. 3 here). For more info on T. granulosa, see the detailed species account and distribution maps from AmphibiaWeb; and also the species account from CaliforniaHerps.

  • photo category: Animal - Amphibian

  • common names   Rough-skinned Newt, Roughskin Newt, Northern Rough Skin Newt, Crater Lake Newt (AW ) Rough-skinned Newt (photographer)
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