Amphiumidae

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Amphiumidae

[‚am·fē′yü·mə‚dē]
(vertebrate zoology)
A small family of urodele amphibians in the suborder Salamandroidea composed of three species of large, eellike salamanders with tiny limbs.
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But there is some good news: NPCA is working with Virginia's senators, Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, to add acreage to Petersburg National Battlefield, a move that would protect hallowed ground while preserving critical habitat for the amphiuma and hundreds of other species that make Petersburg their home.
The word amphiuma comes from the Greek amphi, meaning "on both sides," and pneuma, meaning "breathe," based on a misconception that the salamander can breathe both air and water.
Keywords: Amphiuma tridactylum, three-toed amphiuma, distribution, Indiana, Pigeon Creek, range extension
The three-toed amphiuma (Amphiuma tridactylum Cuvier) is a relatively large salamander with four small limbs each possessing three toes (Petranka 1998) that is closely related to the two-toed amphiuma (A.
yankapinensis Viviparous Digestive Valid Goodman, 1951 intertextus Gland Cercorchis reelfooti Amphiuma Intestine Sy.
Additionally, he reported what he believed to be the first record of an acanthocephalan (Leptorhynchoides thecatus) from the three-toed amphiuma.
Species BH SH MX UP Total Salamanders Eurycea quadridigitata -- -- -- 02 02 Ambystoma maculatum 02 06 03 02 13 Ambystoma opacum 03 32 05 06 46 Ambystoma talpoideum 11 07 -- 05 23 Amphiuma tridactylum 01 -- -- -- 01 Siren intermedia 18 -- -- -- 18 No.
Amphiuma is a genus of large eel-like aquatic salamanders that can be found in nearly any lentic waters in their range, which extends from eastern Texas eastward along the coastal region of the Gulf of Mexico and up the Atlantic Coast to eastern Virginia (Conant and Collins, 1998).
Amphiuma tridactylum is generally considered to be nocturnal, with a peak of activity in the hours leading to midnight (Cagle, 1948).
Here we describe two relatively well-preserved Amphiuma vertebrae from the site, and illustrate and discuss vertebral characters and structures that clearly separate this taxon from those of the other North American aquatic eel-like salamanders of the family Sirenidae.
Colorful, happy sketches, landscapes populated with familiar wetland plants and animals, species portraits that are surreal and stylized, yet easily recognizable; pink-bellied amphiumas and yellow-bellied bluegills, living in their natural settings with cattails, chickadees, mud turtles, red-admiral butterflies, tumble bugs, and sweetgums.