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Necturus maculosus. COMMON MUDPUPPY. Range and Habitat . Found in most eastern states of the U.S. and parts of southern Canada. Live in permanent water sources. Can live at depths of 18”-34” but have been found in 88’ Prefer the shelter of rocks, logs, and overhangs. Characteristics .

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Necturus maculosus

Necturus maculosus

COMMON MUDPUPPY


Range and habitat
Range and Habitat

  • Found in most eastern states of the U.S. and parts of southern Canada.

  • Live in permanent water sources.

  • Can live at depths of 18”-34” but have been found in 88’

  • Prefer the shelter of rocks, logs, and overhangs.


Characteristics
Characteristics

  • Aquatic.

  • Nocturnal.

  • 4 limbs-locomotion.

  • External Gills.

  • Possess lungs (8%).

  • Can reach up to 10” in size.

  • Flat head and limbs.

  • Paddle-like tail.

  • May live for 20 years.


Reproduction
Reproduction

  • Sexual Maturity at 6 years of age.

  • Internal Fertilization.

  • Average 60 eggs.

  • Female build nests.


Diet

  • Has two rows of teeth.

  • Corner of the mouths interlock. (Suction feeding)

  • Carnivorous-worms, small fish, small amphibians, insects, and mollusks.

  • Predators-Crayfish, turtles, snakes, and humans.


Salamander mussel
Salamander Mussel

  • Plays host to the Salamander Mussel larva.

  • Only non-fish host.

  • Not much information on relationship.


References
References

  • http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/amphibians/mudpuppy/

  • Johnson, Tom R. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Missouri. 2nd ed. Jefferson City: Missouri Department of Conservation, 2006. 92-94. Print.

  • Lembcke, Peter. Necturus maculosus.Caudata Culture. 2005. http://www.caudata.org/cc/species/Necturus/N_maculosus.shtml

  • Michigan Natural Features Inventory-Salamander Mussel. , MI: Michigan Department of Natural, 2002. 1-2. Michigan State University. Web. 14 Oct. 2010. <http://web4.msue.msu.edu/mnfi/abstracts/zoology/Simpsonaias_ambigua.pdf>.

  • U.S. Geological Survey. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center-National Amphibian Atlas. 2005. http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov:8080/mapserver/naa/


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