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All them salamanders of 2015

Post by JakeScott » December 21st, 2015, 6:41 pm

So, I don't make posts very often anymore. With what feels like a million things going on in my life and what feels like far too many hobbies, I find myself absent from the forum. With that in mind, I'll try my best to at least cover most of the salamanders I was able to see this year. When going through my yearly photos I realize just how many species I didn't photograph because I have decent photos of them already.

Without further ado, here they are; not in order of appearance, but instead in order of genus, species..blah, blah.

Streamside Salamander (Ambystoma barbouri), from North Central Kentucky:
ImageStreamside Salamander (Ambystoma barbouri) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Streamside Salamander (Ambystoma barbouri) from a different location in Kentucky:
ImageStreamside Salamander (Ambystoma barbouri) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Habitat:
ImageAmbystoma barbouri habitat by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Smallmouth Salamander (Ambystoma texanum) from Southern Illinois:
ImageSmallmouth Salamander (Ambystoma texanum) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Jefferson Salamanders (Ambystoma jeffersonianum) from North Central Kentucky:
ImageJefferson Salamander (Ambystoma jeffersonianum) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

ImageJefferson Salamander (Ambystoma jeffersonianum) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Mole Salamander (Ambystoma talpoideum) from coastal South Carolina:
ImageMole Salamander (Ambystoma talpoideum) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Larval Mole Salamander (Ambystoma talpoideum) from North Central Florida:
ImageMole Salamander (Ambystoma talpoideum) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Mabee's Salamanders (Ambystoma mabeei) from Southern North Carolina:
ImageMabee's Salamander (Ambystoma mabeei) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Mabee's Salamanders (Ambystoma mabeei) from Southern North Carolina:
ImageMabee's Salamander (Ambystoma mabeei) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Male Frosted Flatwoods Salamander (Ambystoma cingulatum) from the Florida panhandle:
ImageFrosted Flatwoods Salamander (Ambystoma cingulatum) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Gravid female Frosted Flatwoods Salamander (Ambystoma cingulatum) from the Florida panhandle:
ImageFrosted Flatwoods Salamander (Ambystoma cingulatum) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Marbled Salamander (Ambystoma opacum) from North Central Florida:
ImageMarbled Salamander (Ambystoma opacum) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Marbled Salamander (Ambystoma opacum) from coastal South Carolina:
ImageMarbled Salamander (Ambystoma opacum) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Marbled Salamander (Ambystoma opacum) from the Florida panhandle:
ImageMarbled Salamander (Ambystoma opacum) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Larval Marbled Salamander (Ambystoma opacum) from North Central Florida:
ImageMarbled Salamander (Ambystoma opacum) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) from coastal South Carolina:
ImageSpotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) from Southern Illinois:
ImageSpotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

A metamorph Eastern Tiger Salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum tigrinum) from North Central Florida:
ImageEastern Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum tigrinum) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Larval Eastern Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum tigrinum) from Central Florida:
ImageEastern Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum tigrinum) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Eastern Tiger Salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum tigrinum) from North Central Kentucky:
ImageEastern Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

One-toed Amphiuma (Amphiuma pholeter) from the Florida panhandle:
ImageOne-toed Amphiuma (Amphiuma pholeter) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Green Salamander (Aneides aeneus) from North Georgia:
ImageGreen Salamander (Aneides aeneus) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Apalachicola Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus apalachicolae) from the Florida panhandle:
ImageApalachicola Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus apalachicolae) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Carolina Mountain Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus carolinensis) from Western North Carolina:
ImageCarolina Mountain Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus carolinensis) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Spotted Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus conanti) from North Georgia:
ImageSpotted Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus conanti) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Dwarf Black-bellied Salamander (Desmognathus folkertsi) from Northeast Georgia:
ImageDwarf Black-bellied Salamander (Desmognathus folkertsi) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Shovel-nosed Salamanders (Desmognathus marmoratus) from Northeast Gerogia:
ImageShovel-nosed Salamander (Desmognathus marmoratus) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

ImageShovel-nosed Salamander (Desmognathus marmoratus) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Ocoee Salamander (Desmognathus ocoee) from Northeast Georgia:
ImageOcoee Salamander (Desmognathus ocoee) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Black-bellied Salamander (Desmognathus quadramaculatus) from Northeast Georgia:
ImageBlack-bellied Salamander (Desmognathus quadramaculatus) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Northern Two-lined Salamander (Eurycea bislineata) from Eastern Maryland:
ImageNorthern Two-lined Salamander (Eurycea bislineata) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Southern Two-lined Salamander (Eurycea cirrigera) from the Florida panhandle:
ImageSouthern Two-lined Salamander (Eurycea cirrigera) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Southern Two-lined Salamander (Eurycea cirrigera) from the Florida panhandle:
ImageSouthern Two-lined Salamander (Eurycea cirrigera) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Three-lined Salamander (Eurycea guttolineata) from the Florida panhandle:
ImageThree-lined Salamander (Eurycea guttolineata) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Cave Salamander (Eurycea lucifuga) from Northwest Georgia:
ImageCave Salamander (Eurycea lucifuga) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Dwarf Salamander (Eurycea quadridigitata) from North Central Florida:
ImageDwarf Salamander (Eurycea quadridigitata) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Dwarf Salamander (Eurycea cf. quadridigitata) from Southern Alabama:
ImageDwarf Salamander (Eurycea cf. quadridigitata) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Carolina Spring Salamander (Gyrinophilus porphyriticus dunni) from North Georgia:
ImageCarolina Spring Salamander (Gyrinophilus porphyriticus dunni) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Red-spotted Newt (Notophthalmus v. viridescens) from Northwest Georgia:
ImageRed-spotted Newt (Notophthalmus v. viridescens) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Blue Ridge Gray-cheeked Salamander (Plethodon amplus) from Western North Carolina:
ImageBlue Ridge Gray-cheeked Salamander (Plethodon amplus) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Northern Gray-cheeked Salamander (Plethodon montanus) from Western North Carolina:
ImageNorthern Gray-cheeked Salamander (Plethodon montanus) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Northern Redback Salamander (Plethodon cinereus) from Eastern Maryland:
ImageNorthern Redback Salamander (Plethodon cinereus) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Northern Redback Salamander (Plethodon cinereus) from Eastern Maryland:
ImageNorthern Redback Salamander (Plethodon cinereus) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Southern Redback Salamander (Plethodon serratus) from North Georgia:
ImageSouthern Redback Salamander (Plethodon serratus) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Northern Slimy Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus) from Northwest Georgia:
ImageNorthern Slimy Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Southeastern Slimy Salamander (Plethodon grobmani) from the Florida panhandle:
ImageSoutheastern Slimy Salamander (Plethodon grobmani) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

South Carolina Slimy Salamander (Plethodon variolatus) from coastal South Carolina:
ImageSouth Carolina Slimy Salamander (Plethodon variolatus) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

White-Spotted Slimy Salamander (Plethodon cylindraceus) from Western North Carolina:
ImageWhite-Spotted Slimy Salamander (Plethodon cylindraceus) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Yonahlossee Salamander (Plethodon yonahlossee) from Western North Carolina:
ImageYonahlossee Salamander (Plethodon yonahlossee var. longricus) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Yonahlossee Salamander (Plethodon yonahlossee var. longricus) from Western North Carolina:
ImageYonahlossee Salamander (Plethodon yonahlossee var. longricus) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Pigeon Mountain Salamander (Plethodon petraeus) from Northwest Georgia:
ImagePigeon Mountain Salamander (Plethodon petraeus) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Northern Red Salamander (Pseudotriton r. ruber) from Northwest Georgia:
ImageNorthern Red Salamander (Pseudotriton ruber ruber) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Northern Red Salamander (Pseudotriton ruber ruber) from Northwest Georgia:
ImageNorthern Red Salamander (Pseudotriton ruber ruber) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

Southern Red Salamander (Pseudotriton ruber vioscai) from the Florida Panhandle:
ImageSouthern Red Salamander (Pseudotriton ruber vioscai) by Jake Scott, on Flickr

I've chalked up many a mile (in Jimmy Buffett vernacular, that's thousands upon thousands) this year. More 3/4 of those trips involved looking for salamanders, and I was able to see most of my goals.

Good year, on to the next.

-Jake Scott

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Re: All them salamanders of 2015

Post by simus343 » December 21st, 2015, 7:52 pm

So many salamanders! I've only got 6 species this year. Wow, I've got to hit up a bunch of salamanders and FAST before 2016!! haha

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Re: All them salamanders of 2015

Post by Josh Holbrook » December 22nd, 2015, 5:54 am

Man - bet me at my own game! You got 9/12 Ambystoma east of the Mississippi, I got 8/12. Well played, sir.

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Re: All them salamanders of 2015

Post by JakeScott » December 22nd, 2015, 6:13 am

It wasn't entirely intentional, but I did want to knock of barbouri which was my only lifer ambystoma. I didn't get to Maine for my laterale this year, which was disappointing. Had to many other things I needed to do with not enough vacation time.

Until next year, good fellow!

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Re: All them salamanders of 2015

Post by Kyle from Carolina » December 22nd, 2015, 8:14 am

Killer shots, as usual. Was that barbouri stream a temporary or permanent one? It looks like a lot of permanent streams that I see. Not sure if I'd be able to tell them apart just by looking. Were you finding them in the creeks themselves or in the adjacent terrestrial?

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Re: All them salamanders of 2015

Post by Berkeley Boone » December 22nd, 2015, 8:31 am

Very nice, Jake! Great selection. I appreciate the effort it takes to put together a post of this magnitude with so much else that is going on in life.

I loved the tigers in particular. All the Plethodons and Desmognathus were a treat too. And I can't forget the other Ambystoma! I need to get up to Maryland/Virginia/Kentucky one day so I can track some of these critters down.

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Re: All them salamanders of 2015

Post by JakeScott » December 22nd, 2015, 9:29 am

Kyle from Carolina wrote:Killer shots, as usual. Was that barbouri stream a temporary or permanent one? It looks like a lot of permanent streams that I see. Not sure if I'd be able to tell them apart just by looking. Were you finding them in the creeks themselves or in the adjacent terrestrial?
Thank you Kyle! This is a permanent/semi-permanent stream. It probably flows year round at some level and may go dry periodically. They will breed in the shallower slower moving portions of permanent, rocky streams, however. We saw literally hundreds of barbouri crossing a road heading for this stream.

-Jake

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Re: All them salamanders of 2015

Post by Josh Young » December 22nd, 2015, 2:32 pm

Lot's of great photos man. Makes me want to spend more of next year looking for more salamanders.

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Re: All them salamanders of 2015

Post by JakeScott » December 22nd, 2015, 2:51 pm

Josh Young wrote:Lot's of great photos man. Makes me want to spend more of next year looking for more salamanders.
You have to escape N. Florida/S. Georgia first. It's not like you sleep, you can just go. haha.

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Re: All them salamanders of 2015

Post by Tamara D. McConnell » December 22nd, 2015, 2:56 pm

I am just in awe of your photography. So amazingly beautiful.

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Re: All them salamanders of 2015

Post by Aneides Aeneus » December 22nd, 2015, 5:55 pm

Absolutely phenomenal finds and photos!

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Re: All them salamanders of 2015

Post by Ecto Hunter » December 26th, 2015, 6:00 pm

Incredible year you've had, Jake.

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Re: All them salamanders of 2015

Post by ChadHarrison » December 30th, 2015, 12:54 pm

Jake, your salamander photography is ridiculous. What lens are you using? Twin macro flash, I reckon?

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Re: All them salamanders of 2015

Post by Nshepard » December 31st, 2015, 1:31 pm

Damn homie!

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Re: All them salamanders of 2015

Post by BillMcGighan » January 1st, 2016, 10:49 am

WE'RE NOT WORTHY; WE'RE NOT WORTHY

You've now become a caudate god!!!!!



PS Door is always open up here for D. organi, E. wilderae, etc.

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Re: All them salamanders of 2015

Post by JakeScott » January 1st, 2016, 1:00 pm

ChadHarrison wrote:Jake, your salamander photography is ridiculous. What lens are you using? Twin macro flash, I reckon?
Thanks a lot! Yes indeed filtered flashes with a Sigma 150mm and Sigma 105mm macros. Both great lenses, really.
BillMcGighan wrote:PS Door is always open up here for D. organi, E. wilderae, etc.
I will likely take you up on that at some point, I'd love to get up and salamander with you.

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Re: All them salamanders of 2015

Post by Stohlgren » January 2nd, 2016, 5:50 am

Damn, this is like KW's old pre-crash salamander post, but with better photos. And all from one year. Epic, Jake. Were gonna have to meet up in MD next time you are up there and chase after some redback salamanders and two-lineds.

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Re: All them salamanders of 2015

Post by Soopaman » January 2nd, 2016, 7:55 am

Great stuff, Jake! It was good to meet you this summer. You sure had a helluva year on 'manders! That was pretty epic.

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Re: All them salamanders of 2015

Post by kevin h » January 2nd, 2016, 3:02 pm

DANG!!! I love me them salamanders. Especially the Ambystomids. Great photos. :thumb:

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Re: All them salamanders of 2015

Post by SHELLFISH » March 1st, 2016, 12:07 pm

Very nice photographs of a plethora of Salamanders!

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