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Ambystoma laterale (Blue-spotted Salamander)

Synonyms: Amblystoma jeffersonianum laterale; Amblystoma laterale; Ambystoma nothagenes; Ambystoma platineum
Language: French

Wikipedia Abstract

The Silvery Salamander (Ambystoma platineum or JJL) is a species of mole salamander from the United States of America and Canada. It is usually between 5.5 – 7.75 in (12 – 19.9 cm) long and is slender with many small silvery-blue spots on its back and sides. It is brownish grey and the area around its vent is grey. The silvery salamander is a unisexual Ambystoma hybrid species, taking genetic material from both the Jefferson salamander (A. jeffersonianum) and the blue-spotted salamander (A. laterale), having two sets of chromosomes from the Jefferson salamander and one set from the blue-spotted. A similar unisexual Ambystomid, Tremblay's Salamander (Ambystoma tremblayi or JLL), also exists, having two sets from the blue-spotted and one from the Jefferson's.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 42.62
EDGE Score: 3.78


Adult Length [2]  5 inches (12.9 cm)
Litters / Year [2]  1
Maximum Longevity [2]  13 years
Nocturnal [1]  Yes
Water Biome [1]  Lakes and Ponds
Female Maturity [2]  2 years
Male Maturity [2]  2 years


Protected Areas


Parasitized by 
Rhabdias ambystomae[3]
Rhabdias ranae[3]
Thelandros magnavulvaris[3]

Range Map

External References

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Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Oliveira, Brunno Freire; São-Pedro, Vinícius Avelar; Santos-Barrera, Georgina; Penone, Caterina; C. Costa, Gabriel. (2017) AmphiBIO, a global database for amphibian ecological traits. Sci. Data.
3Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 Wildfinder Database
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0