Cryptobranchus alleganiensis bishopi
Cryptobranchus alleganiensis bishopi NatureServe Explorer Species Reports -- NatureServe Explorer is a source for authoritative conservation information on more than 50,000 plants, animals and ecological communtities of the U.S and Canada. NatureServe Explorer provides in-depth information on rare and endangered species, but includes common plants and animals too. NatureServe Explorer is a product of NatureServe in collaboration with the Natural Heritage Network. ITIS Reports -- ITIS (the Integrated Taxonomic Information System) is a source for authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world. FWS Digital Media Library -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Digital Library is a searchable collection of selected images, historical artifacts, audio clips, publications, and video. The Ozark hellbender is a subspecies of the hellbender, strictly native to the mountain streams of the Ozark Plateau in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. Their nicknames include lasagna lizard and snot otter. These large salamanders grow to average from 29-57 centimeters in length over a lifespan of 30 years. Ozark hellbenders are nocturnal predators that reside under large flat rocks and primarily consume crayfish and small fish. As of 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the subspecies as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The species population decline is caused by habitat destruction and modification, overutilization, disease and predation, and low reproductive rates.
Current listing status
|Status||Date Listed||Lead Region||Where Listed|
|Endangered||11/07/2011||Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region (Region 3)||Wherever found|