Many-ribbed Salamander

Photo by Greg Sievert

Many-ribbed Salamander

Eurycea multiplicata

Federal Status: None

State Status: Endangered

Range:

Dark Blue = Designated critical habitat
Light Blue = Historical records

Comments: Survey work at cave sites in Cherokee County is pending to confirm the existence of the many-ribbed salamander in Kansas. The last collection was in 1970 when a larval form was identified. Adult forms have not been found in Kansas. It is possible this species no longer occurs in Kansas. The many-ribbed salamander is gray with 19-20 vertical folds (costal grooves) along the side of the body. This is an aquatic salamander which lives under rocks in quiet pools. It may travel short distances overland during rainy or damp weather. It is a small salamander, rarely exceeding 4 inches.