|SREL Reprint #0677|
and Metamorphosis of Larval Dwarf Salamanders (Eurycea quadridigitata)
Growth of larval dwarf salamanders, Eurycea quadridigitata,
is described for two populations on the upper Coastal Plain of South Carolina.
The smallest larvae were collected in early February and were 6.4-6.8 mm
in snout-vent length (SVL). After a
5-6.5 month larval period, larvae transformed at a SVL range of 20.7-25.6 mm.
Larvae from Flamingo Bay transformed at significantly larger SVLs and
appeared to mature earlier than those at Karenís Pond.
The sex ratio did not differ from 1:1 and sexual dimorphism in SVL was
not evident in newly transformed larvae. Maturity
is presumably attained 8-9 months after hatching in September or October.
Amphibia; Caudata; Plethodontidae; Eurycea; Growth; Larval period;
SREL Reprint #0677
Semlitsch, R.D. 1980. Growth and metamorphosis of
larval dwarf salamanders (Eurycea quadridigitata).