Dicamptodon tenebrosus Coastal Giant Salamander
Some other names for this species:
Pacific Giant Salamander
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Humboldt County, CaliforniaJuly 23, 2001
Coastal Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus) Coastal Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus)
These salamander larva are often the most common predators in the streams where they reside, feeding off anything smaller. I was hoping to find the large adult form on land, but had no such luck. Sometimes this species remains in larval form for its whole life, even reproducing in that form, a phenomenon called neoteny.
Mendocino County, CaliforniaFebruary 19, 2005
Coastal Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus) Coastal Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus) Coastal Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus)
Finally, my first terrestrial form Giant Salamander. On my first morning of a week-long trip to Mendocino County, I found this great gloppy glob of a salamander hiding under the only loose piece of bark in our campground.
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