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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.


Necturus maculosus

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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