Thursday, April 17, 2008

Amphibians of Berrien County, Michigan

Based on specimen records in the University of Michigan's Museum of Zoology, 18 species representing 2 orders, 6 families, and 8 genera within the Class Amphibia (frogs, toads, and salamanders) are known from Berrien County:

ORDER ANURA (Frogs and Toads)
Family Hylidae (Treefrogs):
  • Acris crepitans, Northern Cricket Frog
  • Hyla chrysoscelis, Cope’s Gray Treefrog
  • Hyla versicolor, Gray Treefrog
  • Pseudacris crucifer, Spring Peeper
  • Pseudacris triseriata, Chorus Frog

    Family Ranidae (True Frogs):
  • Rana catesbeiana, Bullfrog
  • Rana clamitans, Green Frog
  • Rana palustris, Pickerel Frog
  • Rana pipiens, Northern Leopard Frog
  • Rana sylvatica, Wood Frog

    Family Bufonidae (Toads):
  • Bufo americanus, American Toad, Bufo americanus
  • Bufo woodhousii, Woodhouse’s [=Fowler’s] Toad
  • ORDER CAUDATA (Salamanders)
    Family Ambystomatidae (Mole Salamanders):
  • Ambystoma maculatum, Spotted Salamander
  • Ambystoma opacum, Marbled Salamander (last observed in 1950)
  • Ambystoma platineum, Silvery Salamander
  • Ambystoma tigrinum, Eastern Tiger Salamander

    Family Plethodontidae (Lungless Salamanders):
  • Plethodon cinereus, Red-backed Salamander

    Family Proteidae (Mudpuppies):
  • Necturus maculosus, Common Mudpuppy

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