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Ambystoma opacum (marbled salamander). Atypical nest sites

December 30, 2021

The discovery of inconspicuous nests in secretive species not only expands knowledge but can reveal previously unknown behaviors and ecological consequences of those behaviors. Marbled salamanders exhibit the unusual strategy of laying their eggs terrestrially under cover. Here we report multiple occurrences of A. opacum nesting inside logs, which may be atypical for this species.

  • USGS Source: Publications Warehouse (indexId: 70227322)