Marbled Salamander Ambystoma opacum (Gravenhorst, 1807)    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Amphibia   >   Order Caudata   >   Family Ambystomatidae   >   Genus Ambystoma   

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Marbled Salamander (Ambystoma opacum) is a relatively small, black mole salamander with silvery or whitish banded markings. Unlike other Maryland representatives of the genus Ambystoma, this species breeds in late autumn at vernal pools, including ones that are seasonally dry until spring rains. The female guards her eggs until water levels rise, and the eggs hatch. This species is often found in relatively dry habitats for this genus, including sandy soils (Conant & Collins, 1998; Maryland DNR site; Virginia Herpetological Society site). Marbled Salamanders are recorded from nearly every county in Maryland, with the exception of Carroll and Garrett Counties.

There are 443 records in the project database.

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Marbled Salamander in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/29/2008). (c) Bill Hubick, all rights reserved. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Marbled Salamander in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (4/27/2013). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Marbled Salamander in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (1/13/2018). Photo by Jakob Cackowski. (MBP list)

A Marbled Salamander in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/16/2013). Photo by Rod Burley. (MBP list)

A Marbled Salamander in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/10/2017). Photo by Justin Lee. (MBP list)

A Marbled Salamander in Kent Co., Maryland (5/12/2007). Photo by Nancy Martin. (MBP list)

A Marbled Salamander in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/10/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

Marbled Salamander in Montgomery Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Emilio Concari, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Emilio Concari. (MBP list)

A Marbled Salamander in Calvert Co., Maryland (10/13/2008). Photo by Mikey Lutmerding. (MBP list)

A Marbled Salamander in Calvert Co., Maryland (8/17/2018). Photo by Ben Springer. (MBP list)

Marbled Salamander in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (4/27/2013). (c) Bill Hubick, all rights reserved. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Marbled Salamanders in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/17/2009). Photo by Lee Hancock. (MBP list)

Marbled Salamander in Charles Co., Maryland (9/9/2023). Photo by Julie Simpson. (MBP list)

A Marbled Salamander in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/28/2013). Photo by Rod Burley. (MBP list)

A Marbled Salamander with eggs in Charles Co., Maryland (10/7/2018). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Marbled Salamander in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (6/27/2013). Photo by Lori Byrne. (MBP list)

Marbled Salamander larva in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (3/5/2023). (c) Emilio Concari, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Emilio Concari. (MBP list)

Marbled Salamander larvae inside an egg in Polk Co. Arkansas (10/19/2009). Photo by Corey Raimond. (MBP list)

Marbled Salamander in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Emilio Concari, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Emilio Concari. (MBP list)

Marbled Salamander larva in Montgomery Co., Maryland (3/14/2021). (c) maculatus, all rights reserved. Photo by Robert Aguilar, SERC. (MBP list)

Marbled Salamander in Kent Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Emilio Concari, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Emilio Concari. (MBP list)

Marbled Salamander in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Emilio Concari, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Emilio Concari. (MBP list)


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