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Terrestrial Pacific Giant Salamanders: Natural History and Response to Forest Practices (in Proc. Conference Biology & Management of Species and Habitats at Risk) Johnston, Barbara E.
1999
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Abstract: The Pacific giant salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus) is Red-listed in British Columbia because of its limited geographic distribution and loss of its habitat through logging and urban development. Aspects of larval giant salamander ecology have been studied, but virtually nothing is known about the terrestrial phase of this species. I used radiotelemetry to examine movements and habitat use of terrestrial Pacific giant salamanders in forested habitat. I also investigated the effects of clearcut logging and riparian buffer strips on their behaviour. Terrestrial Pacific giant salamanders were found to be relatively sedentary creatures that spent most of their time in refuges such as burrows, rotten logs, and streams. They were predominantly nocturnal and their activity level was strongly associated with rain. Although their response to forest practices was ambiguous, some results suggested that these animals may be adversely affected by clearcut logging and that riparian buffer strips could...
 
Johnston, Barbara E.. 1999. Terrestrial Pacific Giant Salamanders: Natural History and Response to Forest Practices (in Proc. Conference Biology & Management of Species and Habitats at Risk). Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks; University College of the Cariboo. Proceedings - Conference Biology & Management
 
Topic: Conservation + Mgmt (Wildlife, Fish, Plant)
Keywords: Dicamptodon tenebrosus, habitat, logging, Pacific giant salamander, radiotelemetry
ISSN:  Scientific Name: Dicamptodon tenebrosus
ISBN:  English Name: Coastal Giant Salamander
Other Identifier: University College of the Cariboo
 
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