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?
, also known as snot otters and devil dogs, can grow to more than two feet long and inhabit 16 states in the eastern U.
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.
CONSERVATION GENETICS OF EASTERN HELLBENDERS
IN TENNESSEE VALLEY WATERSHED.
He said that a small number of hellbenders
live in the waters of the New River.
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.