Plateau tiger salamander
|Plateau tiger salamander|
Ambystoma tigrinum velasci (Dugès, 1888)
The plateau tiger salamander or Mexican tiger salamander (Ambystoma velasci) is a species of mole salamander in the Ambystomatidae family. It is endemic to Mexico, although its range might extend to the United States. Its natural habitats are grasslands, including sparse forests and semi-arid grasslands. Breeding takes place in a range of aquatic habitats: deep volcanic lakes, shallow vernal pools, artificial cattle ponds, and intermittent, fish-free stream pools. It exhibits facultative paedomorphosis.
Ambystoma velasci is locally threatened by habitat loss due to urbanization, forest clearance, and water extraction, and also by pollution and the introduction of fish and frogs (Lithobates catesbeianus).
- Brad Shaffer, Gabriela Parra-Olea, David Wake, Paulino Ponce-Campos (2004). "Ambystoma velasci". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
- Frost, Darrel R. (2014). "Ambystoma velasci (Dugès, 1888)". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
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