hellbender

سمندر مائي كبير

noun

  1. A large aquatic salamander (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) of the eastern and central United States. Also called mudpuppy.

    from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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  • Reaching lengths of over two feet in length and weighing over 3 lbs., the hellbender is the largest amphibian species found in North America and the third largest salamander in the world, coming in behind the Chinese and the Japanese giant salamanders which are truly massive.

    David Mizejewski: Salamander Eating Habits

  • As the continent's largest frog species and second largest amphibian the hellbender is the largest, bullfrogs are powerful predators that will eat anything smaller than themselves that they can fit down their large mouths.

    David Mizejewski: Newt Kills Frog With Chemical Warfare

  • A newt -- aka a hellbender or mud puppy -- is a slimy amphibian with an uncanny ability to reinvent itself by regenerating limbs, eyes, jaws, a spinal cord, even its heart.

    Michael Sigman: The Newtiness of Newt

  • Salamanders, which thrive in moist environments that keep their skin wet, number 2 dozen species, from the pigmy salamander that is less than 2 inches at maturity to the hellbender, which is nearly 30 inches.

    The Field Guide to Wildlife Habitats of the Eastern United States

  • There are three types left on the planet-the Japanese and Chinese giant salamanders and a much smaller American giant salamander called the hellbender

    Conservation International - Feature Articles

Wikipedia

Hellbender
Temporal range:
Pleistocene - Present,[1] 0.85–0 Ma
Hellbender.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Amphibia
Order:Urodela
Family:Cryptobranchidae
Genus:Cryptobranchus
Leuckart, 1821
Species:
C. alleganiensis
Binomial name
Cryptobranchus alleganiensis
(Daudin, 1803)
Subspecies
  • C. a. alleganiensis
    (Daudin, 1803)
    "Eastern hellbender"
  • C. a. bishopi
    Grobman, 1943
    "Ozark hellbender"
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Distribution of the eastern hellbender (Ozark hellbender not shown)
Synonyms[3][4][5]
  • Salamandra alleganiensis
    Daudin, 1803
  • Salamandra horrida
    Barton, 1808
  • Salamandra gigantea
    Barton, 1808
  • Salamandra maxima
    Barton, 1808
  • Molge gigantea
    Merrem, 1820
  • Cryptobranchus salamandroides
    Leuckart, 1821
  • Urotropis mucronata
    Rafinesque, 1822
  • Abranchus alleghaniensis [sic]
    Harlan, 1825
  • Protonopsis horrida
    Barnes, 1826
  • Salamandrops gigantea
    Wagler, 1830
  • Eurycea mucronata
    Rafinesque, 1832
  • Menopoma fuscum
    Holbrook, 1842
  • Cryptobranchus alleghaniensis [sic]
    Cope, 1887
  • Cryptobranchus alleganiensis
    Stejneger & Barbour, 1917
  • Cryptobranchus terrasodactylus
    Wellborn, 1936
  • Cryptobranchus bishopi
    Grobman, 1943
  • Cryptobranchus guildayi
    Holman, 1977

The hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis), also known as the hellbender salamander, is a species of aquatic giant salamander endemic to eastern North America.[6] A member of the family Cryptobranchidae, the hellbender is the only member of the genus Cryptobranchus, and is joined only by one other genus of salamanders (Andrias, which contains the Japanese and Chinese giant salamanders) at the family level. The hellbender, which is much larger than all other salamanders in its geographic range, employs an unusual means of respiration (which involves cutaneous gas exchange through capillaries found in its dorsoventral skin folds), and fills a particular niche — both as a predator and prey — in its ecosystem, which either it or its ancestors have occupied for around 65 million years.[7][8] The species is listed as Near Threatened.[2]

  1. ^ Bredehoeft, Keila E.; Schubert, Blaine W. (2015). "A Re-Evaluation of the Pleistocene Hellbender, Cryptobranchus guildayi ". Journal of Herpetology. 49: 157. doi:10.1670/12-222.
  2. ^ a b Geoffrey Hammerson, Christopher Phillips (2004). "Cryptobranchus alleganiensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2004: e.T59077A11879843. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T59077A11879843.en. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  3. ^ Dundee, Harold A. (1971). "Cryptobranchus alleganiensis ". Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles. American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Account 101.
  4. ^ Cite error: The named reference Nick was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  5. ^ Stejneger L, Barbour T (1917). A Check List of North American Amphibians and Reptiles. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. 125 pp. (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, p. 7).
  6. ^ Williams, R.D.; Gates, J.T.; Hocutt, C.H; Taylor, G.J. (1981). "The Hellbender: A Nongame Species in Need of Management". Wildlife Society Bulletin. 9 (2): 94–100. JSTOR 3781577.
  7. ^ Guimond, R.W.; Hutchison, V.H. (21 December 1973). "Aquatic Respiration: An Unusual Strategy in the Hellbender Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis (Daudin)". Science. 182 (4118): 1263–1265. doi:10.1126/science.182.4118.1263. PMID 17811319.
  8. ^ Sabatino, Stephen J.; Routman, Eric J. (October 2009). "Phylogeography and conservation genetics of the hellbender salamander (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis)". Conservation Genetics. 10 (5): 1235–1246. doi:10.1007/s10592-008-9655-5.

Related Words For hellbender

hypernym

salamander

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synonym

mudpuppy