Plethodon mississippi Mississippi Slimy Salamander
Meriwether Lewis Site, Lewis County, TennesseeMay 10, 2004
Mississippi Slimy Salamander (Plethodon mississippi)
Until recently there was but one species of Slimy Salamander. Now there are thirteen, due to modern laboratory techniques. No, mad scientists did not somehow create thirteen species from one; instead, with DNA analysis and a strenuous application of statistics, the one species was split into thirteen. This one is a charming young Mississippi Slimy Salamander, despite being in Tennessee.
Hematite Lake Trail, Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, Trigg County, KentuckyMay 11, 2004
Mississippi Slimy Salamander (Plethodon mississippi)
Here's a large adult Mississippi Slimy Salamander, this one from Kentucky. You might think that after all that effort to carefully distinguish thirteen species differing mainly in subtle genetic ways, somebody could have come up with slightly more accurate English names, eh? (OK, OK, so they probably were referring to the river basin rather than the state.)
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