Sunday, May 27, 2012

Conservation Update: Flatwoods salamanders are reaching metamorphosis

A larval Reticulated flatwoods salamander | Ambystoma bishopi reaching metamorphosis
Some of the Reticulated flatwoods salamanders have begun metamorphosing! As their gills and tail fins resorb to reveal their terrestrial adult condition, the distinctive lateral stripes present on the larvae fade and is replaced with a metallic grey wash color, that at times appears blue.

Dante was able to get these amazing shots of our first metamorphs

Hints of blue with the grey