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Ambystoma dumerilii (Lake Patzcuaro salamander)

Wikipedia Abstract

The Lake Patzcuaro Salamander, locally known as Achoque, Ambystoma dumerilii, is a neotenic salamander species. This salamander is found in Lago de Pátzcuaro, a high altitude lake in the Mexican state of Michoacán. This is located in the Mesa Central region of the country, home to many isolated Ambystoma species. There have been claims that a subspecies is found further inland to the north-east in San Juan del Río, Querétaro, but this is doubtful due to the animals wholly aquatic nature.
View Wikipedia Record: Ambystoma dumerilii

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Ambystoma dumerilii

EDGE Analysis

The Lake Pátzcuaro salamander exhibits some highly unusual and distinct features, indicative of its evolutionary distinctiveness, including its rare “neotenous” life history, whereby the species never develops into an adult but instead retains its juvenile characteristics throughout life, essentially achieving reproductive maturity whilst still in its undeveloped larval form. The salamanders are harvested both for human consumption and for medicinal purposes as they are thought to be effective in addressing respiratory problems. Known only from Lake Pátzcuaro (or Lago de Pátzcuaro) in north-western Michoacan, Mexico, it is crucial that this habitat is conserved to secure the future survival of the species.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
21
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
90
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 42.62
EDGE Score: 6.55
View EDGE Record: Ambystoma dumerilii

Ecoregions

Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Use
Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt pine-oak forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Coniferous Forests

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites

Name  Location   Map   Climate   Land Use 
Lago Pátzcuaro Mexico

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Madrean Pine-Oak Woodlands Mexico, United States Yes

Consumers

Parasitized by 
Arhythmorhynchus brevis[1]
Bothriocephalus acheilognathi[1]
Cephalogonimus americanus[1]
Falcaustra chabaudi <Unverified Name>[1]
Posthodiplostomum minimum[1]
Spiroxys contorta <Unverified Name>[1]

Range Map

Middle America;

Photos

Citations

Species recognized by , , in Catalog of Life 2011
Endangered Status provided by IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2 <www.iucnredlist.org> Downloaded on 11 April 2013.
Attributes / relations provided by 1Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 gis.wwfus.org/wildfinder
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Biodiversity Hotspots, Conservation International
AZE sites provided by Alliance for Zero Extinction (2010). 2010 AZE Update.
Images provided by Google Image Search
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
EDGE analysis provided by EDGE of Existence programme, Zoological Society of London
Range map provided by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), Conservation International & NatureServe.
Weather provided by NOAA METAR Data Access