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Relictual Slender Salamander (Batrachoseps relictus)

Created: February 17th, 2018 - 04:55 PM
Last Modified: February 17th, 2018 - 04:58 PM
Entered by: Benjamin Witzke
Record 294529
Country:
United States
State:
California
County:
Kern County
Time:
2017-10-22 15:00:00
Qty:
1
Age:
Adult
Sex:
Female
Method:
Log flipping
Habitat:
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Body Temperature:
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Air Temperature:
65.00F
Ground Temperature:
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Humidity:
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Sky Conditions:
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Moon Phase:
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Elevation:
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Barometric Pressure:
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Notes

Checking in on a new locale (only the 3rd known) for relictus we discovered during a survey in April the same year.

It was late October and the seep was completely dry so I decided to flip for Ensatina uphill from there instead and uncovered this large B. relictus under a relatively dry log.

I took the opportunity to set up my camera and lighting and get some good photos with a white background as well.

You can see from that photo that the tail is flattened laterally. Presumably to aid in semi-aquatic behavior unique to this species of Batrachoseps. The only species of Batrachoseps known to lay eggs aquatically within the water column.

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Comments

Posted by Lawrence Erickson on Feb 20, 2018 at 11:13 AM

Outstanding!

Posted by Jeff Nordland on Feb 19, 2018 at 01:40 PM

Excellent record Ben!