Sunday, April 01, 2007

Erythristic Redback Salamander

Take a careful look at the above picture. You will see two salamanders. On the left is the typical redback salamander, but on the left is a rare color morph of the same species that is bright oarange-red. It is known as the erythristic form, and finding one is quite rare. In Portage County Ohio, I have found all three phases of this salamander. Not pictured here is a third color phase known as the "lead back" which lacks the red pigment and is simply dark with lighter flecking. Aren't these guys cool?

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