Allegheny Mountain Dusky Salamander


 

Allegheny Mountain Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus ochrophaeus)

Allegheny Mountain Dusky Salamanders are the smallest dusky salamander in the state reaching about 4 inches.  Most individuals have a straight-edged yellowish, reddish, or gray dorsal stripe with several dots or V-shaped markings along the backbone in the middle of the stripe.  Some may be completely dark-brown to black.  Unlike other species of dusky salamanders the tail does not have a conspicuous keel.

 Allegheny Mountain Dusky Salamanders are the most terrestrial dusky salamanders in West Virginia.  They can be found under leaf litter, bark, and stones, and in crevices of cliffs and rock outcrops.  Eggs are deposited and guarded by females in mid to late summer in cavities beneath logs or rocks along small streams or in seepages in stream banks.  The larval period is short, lasting only a couple of weeks.

 They are found throughout the mountainous counties of West Virginia.

 

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