South Mountains Gray-Cheeked Salamander (Plethodon meridianus) by John P Clare on Flickr.Via Flickr:
May 23rd, 2013.
South Mountains, North Carolina, USA.
Young adult. Older adults have less of a gray cheek. This species is rarely photographed and is remarkably different to the other members of the Plethodon jordani complex in that its body is pitch black, rather than a dark gray.
Old adults may also be the largest and bulkiest of the complex. Some people confuse them with Slimy Salamanders, but the only one that co-occurs with this species is Plethodon cylindraceus, and they do not hybridize.
The pink/red spots are parasites (chiggers) in the skin. All specimens seem to have a few of these.

South Mountains Gray-Cheeked Salamander (Plethodon meridianus) by John P Clare on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
May 23rd, 2013.
South Mountains, North Carolina, USA.

Young adult. Older adults have less of a gray cheek. This species is rarely photographed and is remarkably different to the other members of the Plethodon jordani complex in that its body is pitch black, rather than a dark gray.

Old adults may also be the largest and bulkiest of the complex. Some people confuse them with Slimy Salamanders, but the only one that co-occurs with this species is Plethodon cylindraceus, and they do not hybridize.

The pink/red spots are parasites (chiggers) in the skin. All specimens seem to have a few of these.

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