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Habitat requirements of New Mexico’s endangered salamanders

January 1, 1988

We measured habitat components for two state-listed endangered salamanders in New Mexico in 1986 and 1987. Both species are restricted to mesic environments within high-elevation, mixed coniferous forests. Steep slope and high elevation were the most useful variables for predicting the occurrence of Jemez Mountains salamanders and Sacramento Mountain salamanders, respectively. Although the discriminant models show some predictive value in detecting salamanders based on habitat variables, we believe that the best survey technique is ground-truth surveys in wet weather. A better fit of the discriminant models might be obtained by including variables not measured e.g., fire and logging history, and soil characteristics. We offer interim management guidelines as a result of our analysis.

Publication Year 1988
Title Habitat requirements of New Mexico’s endangered salamanders
Authors Cindy A. Ramotnik, N.J. Scott
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype Other Report
Series Number RM-166
Index ID 70121897
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse