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12-22-2016

San Marcos Salamander (Eurycea nana)

The San Marcos salamander (Eurycea nana) is a small species of aquatic, lungless salamander native to the United States, endemic to Spring Lake and a small region of the headwaters of the San Marcos River near Aquarena Springs, in Hays County, Texas. It is one to two inches long, with a slender body and external gills, and is a reddish-brown in color.

The San Marcos salamander has been federally listed as a threatened species since 1980. Due to its extremely limited geographic range, it is threatened by a number of things, but primarily from the contamination of ground water sources and heavy dependence of Central Texas cities upon the Edwards Aquifer for water.

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Detailed information
Full Name: San Marcos salamander (Eurycea nana)
Where found: Wherever found
Critical Habitat:N/A
Species Group:Amphibians
Current listing status
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
Threatened 07/14/1980 Southwest Region (Region 2) Wherever found
  • States/US Territories in which the San Marcos salamander, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur: Texas
  • US Counties in which the San Marcos salamander, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur: View All
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