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New salamander species discovered in Florida

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The newly-discovered salamander species belongs to Sirenidae (sirens), a family of completely aquatic, eel-like salamanders with an unusual morphology: large external gills and only front limbs.

The ancestors of these amphibians likely branched off from all other salamanders early in the evolution of this group.

Although sirens ranged through North America, South America, and Africa during the Cretaceous period, the family is now largely restricted to the southern United States and northeastern Mexico, where they have been present since the late Eocene epoch.

Named the reticulated siren (Siren reticulata), the new species lives in the vulnerable biodiversity hotspot of southern Alabama and northwestern Florida and is the first new species of siren to be described in 44 years.

http://www.sci-news.com/biology/reticulated-siren-06694.html

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AstralHorus

Beautiful! Hopefully we can keep them around, there has been a quite few species of salamander now extinct due to loss of habitat, warmer climates, or pollution.

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Seti42

"fronds"? Those are gills, dude. Sure, they are fern-like in appearance...But amphibians don't photosynthesize through them. Imagine if your lungs/bronchial tubes were on the outside, and worked underwater. That's cool AF.

This beautiful creature probably will go extinct, because climate change is bunk, according to Trump...And he's really popular. Especially in the rural southern US, where this creature lives.

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paperdyer

Climate change is real.  I just think the causes is misrepresented.  We've known for years the magnetic poles are shifting.  I also read something many years ago claiming the Earth's axiss is shifting slightly.  All of these factors and just the factor that the earth is still thawing from the ice age can account for the change in weather paterns.

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