Cool critter - size me up

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Cool critter - size me up

#1  Postby Macdoc » Dec 19, 2018 2:23 pm



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Massive salamander discovered in U.S. southern swamps was ‘a campfire story’ for years, biologist says
By BY ASHER ELBEINThe New York Times
Mon., Dec. 17, 2018
It’s eel-shaped and leopard-spotted, and it has no hind limbs. It grows to 2 feet long. And yet until recently, hardly anyone had ever seen it.


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#2  Postby Alan B » Dec 20, 2018 8:15 pm

Could the bushy gills be an attempt at camouflage so that it looks like some vegetation?
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#3  Postby Keep It Real » Dec 20, 2018 8:29 pm

Looks like a relative of Dermophis donaldtrumpi. Xmas is about family, after all.
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#4  Postby Calilasseia » Dec 21, 2018 12:56 pm

The paper on this new species can be downloaded from here. :)
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#5  Postby Macdoc » Dec 21, 2018 1:06 pm

I'm having trouble getting my head around the size of these :what: Measuring a salamander in feet does not compute :coffee:
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#6  Postby Alan B » Dec 22, 2018 4:35 pm

3.28 feet to a metre...

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#7  Postby Macdoc » Dec 22, 2018 5:18 pm

and ??

It's a Murican critter and it would be feet.. :whistle:
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