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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.
But in brief, they are these: lungs and warm blood; whereas, all other fish are lungless and cold blooded.
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.
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.
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.
The team of scientists, who work for Reptile and Amphibian Ecology International, also identified four new species of stick insect, three species of lungless salamanders, a tiny, scaly-eyed gecko known as Lepidoblepharis buschwaldii and a bushmaster, which is the longest viper in the world.