Batrachoseps minor/nigriventris identification

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Zonata Don't Exist
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Batrachoseps minor/nigriventris identification

Post by Zonata Don't Exist » January 10th, 2019, 7:25 pm

I would appreciate some second opinions on whether this Batrachoseps is nigriventris or minor. It was found at a well known B. minor locality and at the time I found it I was certain it was nigriventris, but looking at it now I am unsure.


I know identifying juvenile batrachoseps is no easy task and my photos aren't flawless, but B. minor is frequently described as relatively distinct and easy to ID so I figure I'd give it a shot. Saying your degree of confidence is appreciated.

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Re: Batrachoseps minor/nigriventris identification

Post by Zonata Don't Exist » January 10th, 2019, 9:46 pm

Just got confirmation from Dr. Sam Sweet that it is B. minor! Stoked to have gotten my lifer of one of the rarer batrachoseps.

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Re: Batrachoseps minor/nigriventris identification

Post by jonathan » January 11th, 2019, 8:20 am

Didn't even give me time to answer. I've never seen a minor, but those toes would have been HUGE for nigriventris. I've distinguished other slenders from nigriventris with less toe size difference than that, so I was decently confident in that one.

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