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The cool, very wet winters are perfect for the ensatina who, being lungless, requires damp environments to breathe through its skin.
Lungless salamanders, though, breathe through a system of minute capillary vessels in their skin and the lining of their mouths.
Comparative osteology and evolution of the lungless salamanders, family Plethodontidae.
Turning to the lungless salamander genera Hemidactylium and Plethodon, each represented by a single species in Michigan, we find that Hemidactylium scutatum is missing from the previously discussed counties in the Midland area as well as all of the counties surrounding Saginaw Bay.
Their smooth skin, stout legs, and sturdy keeled tail distinguish these lungless salamanders from the red eft stage of the red-spotted newt.
The southeastern United States is a biodiversity hotspot for amphibians, (347) particularly species belonging to the Plethodontidae family, a phylogenetic group of lungless salamanders that first evolved in the Southern Appalachians.
Hoary bats, bugling elks, rough-skinned newts, lungless salamanders, and even predaceous centipedes get equal billing with the famed spotted owl--in pictures by such eminent nature photographers as Frank Balthis, Michael Sewell, and Larry Ulrich.
For results to carry significance as to the function of lungs and the adjustments made by lungless salamanders, comparisons were made between Desmognathus fuscus (n=5), and fire-bellied newts, Cynops pyrrhugaster (n=5), a lunged salamander species of similar mass.
As a result, the civil-service examinations have fostered a group of "earless, eyeless, tongueless, noseless, handless, footless, heartless, lungless, boneless, spineless, bloodless, and spiritless, outstanding scholars.
All the tropical Latin American salamanders belong to one family, the plethodontids or lungless salamanders.
Terrestrial lungless salamanders are known to reach very high densities in certain forested ecosystems of the United States (Bailey et al.