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Monday, January 25 • 11:40am - 12:00pm
Assessment and Conservation of The Northern Mudpuppy Necturus Maculosus Along The Lake Huron To Lake Erie Corridor, Michigan

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AUTHORS: David Mifsud*, Herpetological Resource and Management; Dr. Katherine Greenwald, Eastern Michigan University; Maegan Stapleton, Herpetological Resource and Management; Amber Stedman, Eastern Michigan University; Richard Kik IV, Belle Isle Aquarium; Paul Muelle, Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority; Jaquie Craig, U.S. Geological Survey; James Boase, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; James Francis, MDNR; Mike Thomas, MDNR; Andrew Briggs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Justin Chiotti, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Ed Roseman, U.S. Geological Survey; Greg Kennedy, U.S. Geological Survey; Mary Bohling, Michigan SeaGrant

ABSTRACT: The mudpuppy Necturus maculosus serves a critical role in the Great Lakes region as an environmental health indicator as well as the obligate host to the state endangered salamander mussel Simpsonaias ambigua. Populations have declined throughout the state in recent years likely due to multiple factors including habitat degradation and loss, invasive species, chemical application, and persecution and collection. Numerous data gaps exist for this fully aquatic salamander in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. Given their significant declines and ecological importance, objectives of this project are evaluating the distribution, health, and genetic structure of mudpuppies along the Huron-Erie Corridor (HEC) and to restore mudpuppy habitat benefiting a variety other species as well. This work is applicable throughout species range making it an important step in the future conservation of mudpuppy throughout the Great Lakes region. Importantly this work is possible through collaboration and support of more than 15 different agencies and organizations and these partnerships are critical in achieving the research and conservation objectives.

Monday January 25, 2016 11:40am - 12:00pm EST
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