> Ambystoma leorae
Ambystoma leorae (Leora's Stream Salamander)
Synonyms: Rhyacosiredon leorae
The Leora's Stream Salamander or Ajolote (Ambystoma leorae) is a species of mole salamander in the Ambystomatidae family. It is found only in Mexico. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and rivers. It is threatened by habitat loss.
The family Ambystomatidae or the mole salamanders diverged from all other salamanders in the Early Cretaceous period over 140 million years ago, around five million years before the koala and dolphin lineages diverged from their common ancestor. The small number of species that represent the genus Ambystoma are highly evolutionarily distinct members of both the salamanders and the amphibians as a whole. Leoras Stream Salamander appears to be confined to the upper tributaries of the Balsas River, central Mexico. Conservation and restoration of this habitat is an urgent priority in order to save this species from extinction in the future.
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Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 gis.wwfus.org/wildfinder
Protected Areas provided by Le Saout, S., Hoffmann, M., Shi, Y., Hughes, A., Bernard, C., Brooks, T.M., Bertzky, B., Butchart, S.H.M., Stuart, S.N., Badman, T. & Rodrigues, A.S.L. (2013) Protected areas and effective biodiversity conservation
. Science, 342, 803–805
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