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What was the range of the Santa Cruz long toed salamander when it was first discovered? Please reply before Thursday.
Question Date: 2004-11-29
Answer 1:

Scientists discovered the Santa Cruz long-toed salamander in 1954, in, as you might guess, Santa Cruz, California. They believe that this salamander never had a big range, probably only Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. The salamander is actually a subspecies of a larger species group. There are a number of other subspecies that the Santa Cruz long-toed salamander is very similar to. This means that possibly, a long time ago, the Santa Cruz long-toed salamander was exactly like members of the larger species group.

Salamanders in the Santa Cruz area became isolated, and started to evolve independently of the other salamanders. Eventually they evolved into a separate subspecies. Over time, they may evolve to where they are so different from the other subspecies, they can be considered a separate species, not just a subspecies. Because the Santa Cruz long-toed salamander in endangered, you can find information, including information on its range, from the US Department of Fish and Wildlife website at:


Answer 2:

I found two good web sites you might look at to help you answer your question. Each of these lists several references.


Santa Cruz long toed salamander

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