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Distribution of the Sonora Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma mavortium stebbinsi) in Mexico

Herpetological Review
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Abstract

The Sonoran Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma mavortium stebbinsi Lowe, 1954) was listed as federally endangered in the USA in 1997 (USFWS 1997). In the USA, the distribution of A. mavortium stebbinsi is limited to the San Rafael Valley (approximately 567 km2), between the Sierra San Antonio (called the Patagonia Mountains in Arizona) and Huachuca Mountains, and south of the Canelo Hills, Arizona (Fig. 1). The USA listing was triggered by loss of natural wetland habitats, threats from invasive predators, frequent die-offs from disease, introgression with the introduced Barred Tiger Salamander (A. mavortium mavortium), and small range and number of breeding sites that increases susceptibility to stochastic events (USFWS 1997). Small population sizes and limited gene flow have caused inbreeding, which may further reduce population viability and the potential for recovery (Jones et al. 1988; Storfer et al. 2014). 

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Distribution of the Sonora Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma mavortium stebbinsi) in Mexico
Series title Herpetological Review
Volume 47
Issue 2
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
Contributing office(s) Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
Description 3 p.
First page 177
Last page 180
Country Mexico
State Sonora
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