Purpose: To designate critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 for the Frosted flatwoods salamander and the Reticulated flatwoods salamander. It can also be identified by color pattern, which features a more net-like dorsal pattern and less distinct spotting (flecks) on the belly. Ambystoma bishopi Reticulated Flatwoods Salamander Subgenus: Linguaelapsus: family: Ambystomatidae Species Description: Pauly GB, Piskurek O, Shaffer HB 2006 Phylogeographic concordance in the southeastern United States: the flatwoods salamander, Ambystoma cingulatum, as a test case. 6700 Federal Register/Vol. –Habitat alteration was primary threat considered. The frosted flatwoods salamander (Ambystoma cingulatum) is a small (9-13.5 cm total length), elongated species of mole salamander.It has a small, indistinct head, short legs, and a long, rounded tail. 16:415-429. The salamander’s range once extended across Alabama, Gerogia and Florida, but ongoing development dramatically shrank the amphibian’s habitat. Their habitat has been reduced to less than 20 percent of its original extent. 1950. Ecol. Habitat.
Typical coloration consists of a background of brownish- to purplish-black overlaid with narrow gray or silvery-white reticulations (net-like markings), bands, or diffuse spotting. Based on the best available information, the life-history traits and habitat use of both the frosted flatwoods salamander and the reticulated flatwoods salamander are similar to those previously described for the flatwoods salamander (64 FR 15691, April 1, 1999; 73 FR 47258, August 13, 2008).
2007). Federal Register 74(26): 6700–6774 [E9–2403]. Flatwoods salamanders were originally listed on the U.S. Flatwoods salamanders are endemic to the lower Gulf and Atlantic coastal plains where they occur in what were historically longleaf pine-wiregrass flatwoods and savannas. It is listed as vulnerable by IUCN. Several comparably sized terrestrial salamanders share this species’ range. –5 populations have 2-3 wetlands.
As a result, in 2009 the Service amended its listing of the salamander to include the frosted flatwoods salamander as a threatened species and the reticulated flatwoods salamander as an endangered species. The main threat to the reticulated flatwoods salamander is loss of habitat. An extensive drop of the Reticulated Flatwoods Salamander Status •Up-listed to endangered under ESA in 2009. The reticulated flatwoods salamander is a long and slender salamander that can reach a body length of 5.2 inches (13 centimeters) (Ashton 1992). Flatwoods Salamander populations have declined, primarily because of habitat loss and alteration, leading to listing of this species as federally threatened in 1999. Ambystoma bishopi (Reticulated Flatwoods Salamander) is a species of amphibians in the family mole salamanders. As a result of declining populations and reduced availability of suitable habitat, Ambystoma bishopi (Reticulated Flatwoods Salamander) and A. cingulatum (Frosted Flatwoods Salamander) are federally listed as endangered and threatened, respectively, by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service under the Endangered Species Act. Habitat for mature salamanders consists of upland areas with few tress, typically longleaf pines, and grasses. The U.S. Similar Species: The reticulated flatwoods salamander (Ambystoma bishopi) is best distinguished by its range, only living west of the Apalachicola River. Status for Reticulated Flatwoods Salamander; Designation of Critical Habitat for Frosted Flatwoods Salamander and Reticulated Flatwoods Salamander; Final Rule erowe on PROD1PC63 with RULES_2 VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:17 Feb 09, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4717 Sfmt 4717 E:\FR\FM\10FER2.SGM 10FER2. The reticulated flatwoods salamander … Reticulated Flatwoods Salamanders are found in the Florida panhandle west of the Apalachicola River. 26/Tuesday, February 10, … Goin, C. J. –1 population has >3 wetlands.