Olympic torrent salamander
|Olympic torrent salamander|
The Olympic torrent salamander (Rhyacotriton olympicus) is a species of salamander in the Rhyacotritonidae family. This is a small salamander (up to 10 cm total length) that lives in clear, cold, mountain streams. It is medium to dark brown and may have a few small light spots on the sides and small dark spots on the tail; it is bright yellow on the belly, usually with some dark spots. Torrent salamanders typically have short snouts and relatively large eyes. As in other torrent salamanders, adult males have square-edged lobes behind the cloaca. These salamanders live at the edges of clear, cold, mountain streams; they can be abundant under gravel at stream edges and in the spray zones of waterfalls. During rainy seasons, they are occasionally found under objects on land away from streams.
- Hammerson, G. 2004. Rhyacotriton olympicus. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 24 July 2007.
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