PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF AN ANALYSIS OF A DISJUNCT POPULATION OF RED-BELLIED NEWT (TARICHA RIVULARIS).
Joie de Leon; San Jose State University/Swaim Biological, Inc; One Washington Square, San Jose, CA; JoieMdeLeon@gmail.com;
The red-bellied newt (Taricha rivularis), an endemic Northern California salamander, recently warranted listing as a California Priority 2 Species of Special Concern. A disjunct population of red-bellied newts was recently discovered in a small area of the Stevens Creek watershed, approximately 130 km outside its central range in Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Lake Counties. This successfully breeding population has the potential of aiding in the persistence of this declining amphibian species and act as a bioindicator of environmental stress. An analysis of the Santa Cruz Mountain population of red-bellied newts would aid land managers in ensuring the survival of this disjunct population.
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