Mudpuppy Necturus maculosusExtirpated  -  Endangered (MD)    Synonyms: Common Mudpuppy.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Amphibia   >   Order Caudata   >   Family Proteidae   >   Genus Necturus   


The Mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus) is a large, completely aquatic salamander, most similar to the Hellbender, but with a more elongate body and snout, and conspicuous, plumose external gills. Mudpuppy was last observed in Garrett County in the 1970s. No extant localities are known, and the species is currently considered extirpated from Maryland (Maryland DNR). The species may occur in a variety of aquatic habitats, but appears to favor clear, well-oxygenated waters, like large lakes, or fast-flowing creeks or rivers with rocky or sandy substrate. Also recorded in some portions of its range from muddy, vegetated ditches and slower creeks (Bishop, 1943). Suitable habitat might still exist in Garrett County.

There are 4 records in the project database.

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A Mudpuppy in Jackson Co., Wisconsin (7/4/2012). Photo by Corey Raimond. (MBP list)

Mudpuppy eggs attached to the underside of a rock in Wisconsin (6/16/2012). Photo by Corey Raimond. (MBP list)

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