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A large aquatic salamander (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) of the eastern United States, having a flattened brownish body.


(Animals) a very large dark grey aquatic salamander, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, with internal gills: inhabits rivers in E and central US: family Cryptobranchidae


(ˈhɛlˌbɛn dər)

a large, broad-headed salamander, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, of rivers and streams in E North America.
[1805–15, Amer.]
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Noun1.hellbender - large salamander of North American rivers and streamshellbender - large salamander of North American rivers and streams
salamander - any of various typically terrestrial amphibians that resemble lizards and that return to water only to breed
Cryptobranchus, genus Cryptobranchus - type genus of the Cryptobranchidae
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From pikas to hellbenders, it is important that we focus on all creatures from the top to the bottom of our ecosystems.
Prevalence of infection by Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and ranavirus in eastern hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis) in eastern Tennessee.
Q: After reading the article about hellbenders in our last issue, several people contacted us and asked: Are hellbenders and mudpuppies the same critter?
Hellbenders, also known as snot otters and devil dogs, can grow to more than two feet long and inhabit 16 states in the eastern U.
Hellbenders are long-lived, fully aquatic salamanders that have experienced substantial declines in many populations over the past few decades (Burgmeier et al.
Similarly, Gall and Mathis (2010) demonstrated that naive larval Hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) have an innate antipredator response toward native fish predators.
What does the presence of hellbenders and panthers communicate to the dual audiences here--the children and the reader--about those "archaic forms"?
In last year's article "Construction and Use of Artificial Shelters to Supplement Habitat for Hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis)" in the Herpetological Review, Briggler and Ackerson noted that biologists had recognized a need to artificially propagate the Hellbenders to preserve/restore the species, and address the cause of their decline.
Nocturnal animals that are entirely aquatic, hellbenders rarely rove into the open, instead preferring to let prey, mostly crayfish, come to them.
With numerous threats to these amphibians and their habitat, Ozark hellbenders are declining in numbers throughout their range.