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Any of several long slender salamanders of the genus Amphiuma of the southeast United States that in their adult stage have two pairs of very small nonfunctioning legs and breathe with lungs although they are aquatic. Also called Congo eel, Congo snake.

[New Latin Amphiuma, genus name : Greek amphi-, amphi- + Greek pneuma, breath (so named by Alexander Garden, probably in the belief that the adults could breathe in water as well as in air ); see pneu- in Indo-European roots.]
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Noun1.amphiuma - aquatic eel-shaped salamander having two pairs of very small feetamphiuma - aquatic eel-shaped salamander having two pairs of very small feet; of still muddy waters in the southern United States
salamander - any of various typically terrestrial amphibians that resemble lizards and that return to water only to breed
genus Amphiuma - congo snakes
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In addition to a diet consisting mostly of fish, they have been documented feeding on several amphibian species including Coastal Giant Salamanders (Dicamptodon tenebrosus), Two-toed Amphiumas (Amphiuma means), and several ranid frog species.
But we were a little surprised when we found several amphiumas in the minnow traps we'd set in the pond the previous day."
Colorful, happy sketches, landscapes populated with familiar wetland plants and animals, species portraits that are surreal and stylized, yet easily recognizable; pink-bellied amphiumas and yellow-bellied bluegills, living in their natural settings with cattails, chickadees, mud turtles, red-admiral butterflies, tumble bugs, and sweetgums.
Its presence at the study site suggested the presence of sirens and/or amphiumas in the marsh, and as predicted, Amphiuma means and Siren intermedia were found living in the marsh in the summer of 2007 by the junior author.
When amphiumas (am-fee-YOU-muz) are young, their legs are big enough to help them paddle around their swampy homes.