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Ambystoma taylori (Taylor's Salamander)

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Wikipedia Abstract

Taylor's salamander, Ambystoma taylori, is a neotenic salamander species found only in Laguna Alchichica, a high-altitude crater lake 24 miles southwest of Perote, Puebla, Mexico. It was described in 1982 by Brandon, Maruska, and Rumph, and named for Edward Harrison Taylor. However, the species had been known to science long before then. Taylor himself attempted to describe the species as Ambystoma subsalsum in 1943, but mistakenly used a Mexican or plateau tiger salamander as the holotype.
View Wikipedia Record: Ambystoma taylori

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Ambystoma taylori

EDGE Analysis

Taylor’s salamander exhibits some highly unusual and distinct features, indicative of its evolutionary distinctiveness. For example, it appears to be specialised for life in saline (or salty) water, as the salinity of Laguna Alchichica which it inhabits is near to the maximum tolerated by most adult amphibians, and is well above that tolerable to eggs and embryos. This salamander will basically eat anything, within reason, that fits into its mouth. It typically hides below the water line under overhangs in the crater's edge of Laguna Alchichica and is found in very deep water, often more than 30m below the surface. It is eriously threatened by water extraction and diversion from Laguna Alchichica.
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
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Ecoregions

Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Use
Tehuacán Valley matorral Mexico Neotropic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites

Name  Location   Map   Climate   Land Use 
Laguna Alchichica Mexico

Range Map

Middle America;

Photos

Citations

Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
AZE sites provided by Alliance for Zero Extinction (2010). 2010 AZE Update.
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Weather provided by NOAA METAR Data Access