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1 January 2017 Survival of Salamanders in a Severe Flood Event in Louisiana
Catherine E. Newman
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In August 2016, a park of roughly 200 ha of bottomland hardwood forest in East Baton Rouge Parish, LA, was inundated by up to 5.28 m of water for 5 days in one of southeast Louisiana's most severe floods in recorded history. Here, I document post-flood observations of a terrestrial salamander species at the park, Ambystoma opacum (Marbled Salamander). To my knowledge, this is the first documentation of survival of terrestrial salamanders after a freshwater flood event. As such floods are predicted to increase in frequency in the future, it is encouraging that salamanders may be able to tolerate such changes to some extent.

Catherine E. Newman "Survival of Salamanders in a Severe Flood Event in Louisiana," Southeastern Naturalist 16(3), (1 January 2017). https://doi.org/10.1656/058.016.0303
Published: 1 January 2017
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