By Robert G. Jaeger (auth.), Richard C. Bruce, Robert G. Jaeger, Lynne D. Houck (eds.)

The fourth convention at the Biology of Plethodontid Salamanders used to be held at "The Mountain," in Highlands, North Carolina on June 12-14, 1998. Hosted by means of the Highlands organic Station, and backed by means of the Highlands organic starting place, Inc. , the convention afforded a cutting-edge evaluate of those animals, as evidenced by way of the contents of the current quantity and the credentials of the members. within the following pages, the reader will locate the simplest present knowing of many features of plethodontid salamander evolution, systematics, improvement, morphology, existence historical past, ecology, and box method. whereas the contents of this booklet include chapters constructed from chosen convention papers, their excellence is consultant of the excessive total caliber of the convention shows. The Highlands organic Station is found at the Highlands Plateau within the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. As those mountains are a gift heart of plethod­ ontid range, and are thought of via a few to be the heart of starting place of the crowd, the Highlands organic Station has traditionally been vital within the learn of those animals. a listing of tourists to the Station for the final 70 years would come with a "who's who" of 20th century North American herpetologists. the positioning and facilities of the Highlands organic Station are specific. in the urban limits of Highlands at an elevation of approximately 1200 meters, the Station contains glossy study laboratories, administrative places of work, library amenities, in addition to dormitory and dwelling facilities.

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Jordani complex are usually smaller in size, except in the southeastern part of the range of the P. jordani complex, where individuals may attain a maximum size as large as in some of the larger species of the P. glutinosus complex. The range of the P. jordani complex is subdivided into 20-22 geographic isolates in different mountain ranges of the southern Appalachian Mountains (Highton, 1972) (Fig. 1; the names of the isolates are given in Appendix I). The P. glutinosus complex is continuously distributed throughout the region (Fig.

Clemsonae (Jocassee, Oconee County, South Carolina) is also within the range of this group. It is now flooded by Lake Jocassee, but other nearby popUlations with the same phenotype still exist (sample 29). The southernmost known population of Group II, from Clemson Forest, Pickens County, South Carolina (sample 26) is not of the clemsonae phenotype, but instead 42 R. Highton and R. B. Peabody resembles other unspotted southern populations of Group II. Pope and Hairston (1948) and Hairston (1950) noted that southern populations of Group II have darker bellies than more northern populations, and Pope and Hairston (1948) recognized these as a subspecies (P.

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