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Red Salamander Eggs

Post by incuhead2000 » January 13th, 2014, 3:47 pm

Today I found my first pair of Red Salamanders with eggs, so I wanted to share that with you all!

The pair

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The progeny

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Oh January the surprises you hold for us to find!

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Re: Red Salamander Eggs

Post by MattSullivan » January 13th, 2014, 7:37 pm

awesome find! i didnt know they guarded eggs. especially in pairs

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Post by incuhead2000 » January 14th, 2014, 8:14 pm

Yeah pseudotriton and desmognathus tend to actually have some parental care of eggs. Pretty cool to see it in person.

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Post by ZantiMissKnit » January 15th, 2014, 6:40 am

Amazing!

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Re: Red Salamander Eggs

Post by Matt J » January 16th, 2014, 6:06 pm

Don't you know the rules?!?! You are supposed to post a picture of slug eggs and then we debate it!

Kidding, very cool observation. I've only seen it myself with Dusky's, didn't know Reds did it too.

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Re: Red Salamander Eggs

Post by spinifer » January 17th, 2014, 6:35 am

red salamander eggs have only rarely been observed. Great find! Im not so sure about that being a "pair." Male parental care is extremely rare in salamanders and I do not think it has been documented in Plethodontids.

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Post by incuhead2000 » January 18th, 2014, 10:04 am

spinifer wrote:red salamander eggs have only rarely been observed. Great find! Im not so sure about that being a "pair." Male parental care is extremely rare in salamanders and I do not think it has been documented in Plethodontids.
I did some reading and discovered female communal nesting is somewhat common, so I think you are right, probably both ladies.

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Re: Red Salamander Eggs

Post by kyle loucks » January 18th, 2014, 12:31 pm

Wow, that is a first!

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