Caudata

Field Guide to Maryland's Salamanders and Newts  (Order Caudata)


Allegheny Mountain Dusky Salamander

Family: Allegheny Mountain Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus ochrophaeus)

Common Name:
Allegheny Mountain Dusky Salamander

Scientific Name:
Desmognathus ochrophaeus

Adult photo of Allegheny Mountain Dusky Salamander courtesy of Mark Tegges
Adult photo of Allegheny Mountain
Dusky Salamander courtesy of Mark Tegges


Size:
  • 2¾ - 4 in. 
  • Record - 4⅜ in.

Appearance:
  • Small salamander with rounded tail that lacks a keel.
  • Back is striped with a line of darker spots down the middle that are often chevron shaped.

Habitat:


Habitat Photo for Allegheny Mountain Dusky Salamander courtesy of Matt Kline
Habitat photo for Allegheny Mountain
Dusky Salamander courtesy of Matt Kline

  • Under rocks, logs in and near small streams on the Allegheny Plateau.
  • Sometimes found in sandstone cliff crevices far from water.

How to Find:

Distribution in Maryland:

 Maryland Distribution Map for Allegheny Mountain Dusky Salamander