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Ouachita Streambed Salamander hailed as new species

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 15, 2014 at 1:18 p.m.

TULSA — A salamander first discovered by a University of Tulsa doctoral student in 2011 is being hailed as a new species in an international journal for animal taxonomy.

Doctoral student Michael Steffen and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission herpetologist Kelly Irwin discovered the new species in May 2011 while studying genetic diversity of other salamanders in Lake Catherine State Park near Hot Springs.

The university said the latest issue of Zootaxa will feature the paper and provide details on the Ouachita Streambed Salamander. The school said the amphibian is one of the most "genetically distinct" species of salamander to be identified in the United States within the past 70 years.

This species currently has the smallest known range of any other amphibian in the country.

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copygal says... April 21, 2014 at 6:53 p.m.

I think I saw one of these this last weekend in lake ouachita while I was scuba diving. Do I report it?

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GrimReaper says... April 21, 2014 at 7:34 p.m.

Oh, c@@p! Now the government will be down here taking over everything to protect it...........

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FreeSpiritMan says... April 21, 2014 at 7:55 p.m.

grim ... If we are lucky they will find one on your property and take you over.

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