Leora's stream salamander

Leora's stream salamander

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Ambystoma leorae

The Leora's stream salamander or ajolote is a rare species of mole salamander in the family Ambystomatidae. It is endemic to a very small area of land in the Iztaccihuatl-Popocatepetl National Park on the border of the State of Mexico with Puebla, with a single known population on Mount Tlaloc. Its very specific requirements as regards water quality militates against its survival in a habitat where water is being extracted, cattle graze and the salamander has traditionally been eaten as food. It has been listed as a threatened species by the Mexican Government and as "critically endangered" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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References

1. Leora's stream salamander Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leora's_stream_salamander
2. Leora's stream salamander on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/59061/53974072

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