Flat-headed Salamander
Desmognathus planiceps

Common Name:

Flat-headed Salamander

Scientific Name:

Desmognathus planiceps

Etymology:

desmos is Greek for "ligament", gnathos is Greek for "jaw" - This refers to the bundle of ligaments holding the jaw.

Genus:

plethore is Greek meaning "fullness or full of",  odon is Greek for "teeth". Referring to the number of paravomerine and vomerine teeth.

Species:

planiceps

Average Length:

Up to 5.5 inches (140 mm) in total length.

Virginia Record Length:

Record length:

For additional information on this species see: http://www.science.smith.edu/departments/Biology/lkatz/documents/Tilley_Desmog.pdf

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