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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.
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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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