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Southern Dwarf Siren

Southern dwarf siren is a slender and aquatic salamander found in Florida. It is one of the two recognized species of dwarf sirens. It is a perennibranch creature devoid of hind limbs. At present, there are two recognized subspecies of this species.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Amphibia
    Subclass Lissamphibia
    Order Caudata
    Suborder Sirenoidea
    Family Sirenidae
    Genus Pseudobranchus
    Scientific Name Pseudobranchus axanthus

    Size 10–25 cm
    Color Brown, gray, or black, with yellow or tan stripes on the backs and sides
    Distribution Florida (United States)
    Habitat Cypress ponds, streams, swamps, marshes, ditches
    Diet Small worms, amphipods, chironomids, and ostracods
    Hibernation Fact Undergoes aestivation and may hibernate during cold weather
    Predators Snakes, fish, wading birds
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Incubation Period Around 3 weeks
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on May 20th 2017 by under Salamanders. Article was last reviewed on 30th September 2019.

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