Alligators and pythons give way: Florida officially has a new ant: The reticulated siren, a new species of large, completely…
Alligators and pythons give way: Florida officially has a new ant: The reticulated siren, a new species of large, completely aquatic salamander.
Alligators and pythons make the way: Florida officially has a new swamp art.
A paper published on Wednesday in the science journal PLOS ONE introduces the world to the reticulated siren, a new species of large, full-bodied salamander.
Domestic against the Moors in southern Alabama and the Florida pan trade, Siren Reticulata has spotted skin and treelike facials, and it can grow to be almost 2 meters long.
The salamer can sound like the legend, and for a while it was.
“It was basically this mythical animal,” David Steen, one of the co-authors of the paper, told National Geographic.
Big news: Excited to finally introduce the Reticulated Siren, a “New” Salamander Species I have been working to describe since 2009. It lives in Alabama and Florida & almost two meters long is one of the largest amphibians in the world: https://t.co/uWyvV6qGWl. Pierson Hill pic.twitter.com/kBqqwXaIcP[1
9659003]- David Steen, Ph.D. (@AlongsideWild) December 5, 2018
Sean Graham, another of the co-authors of the paper, first heard the leopard’s legend around a campfire in 2001.
A friend of Graham’s described that he observed something unbelievable after a tropical storm caused huge rains to Florida Panhandle in the 1990s. He came across hundreds of eel-like salamanders, a “bright yellow-green color” with “markings of a dark purple-green” that turned over a road between two myrical swamps.
Steen was first introduced to the creature during an interview for a candidacy at Auburn University 2007. Professor of herpetology Craig Guyer gave Steen a tour of the university’s collections of spinal bread and stopped to point out a test.
“This is a new species. Just waiting for someone to describe it,” said Guyer, according to a post on Steen’s blog.
Graham also completed his PhD student. In Auburn, and he and Steen bind
The couple made several unsuccessful attempts to capture animal samples during the first year of their friendship.
Then Steen was on a field research trip in 2009. He went out to study water snakes, but his crab cavities were better to catch turtle turtles, so he decided to study them instead. Five months later, a trap gave something completely different.
It was one of the stored leopard bulls.
The capture led Steen and Graham for almost a decade long striving to document and describe the new species, which is further detailed on Steen’s blog, Living alongside Wildlife. 19659003] The reticulated siren now becomes the third species in the genre Siren together with the larger siren (S. lacertina) and smaller siren (S. intermedia). It is ranked among the largest amphibians in the world.
Documentation of the new species raised many new issues, including if there are even more species in the genus Siren than currently recognized.
Steen and Graham did not want to wait any longer to get the word about their discovery.
The species face potential threats to food loss in its native longleaf pine ecosystem, and it is difficult to find protection for animals that are not technically available.
“We hope the information we present here inspires others to prioritize further studies of this group of fascinating amphibians and fund-related research,” read the conclusion of the conclusion.