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New county records of reptiles and amphibians from managed properties in East-Central Illinois, USA

Authors:
VIRGINIA VALERLAE (Smooth Earthsnakel. Bienville National
Forest, Tallahala Wildlife
Management
Area, forest off
CR
23
(32.17161 °N, 89.26458°W) .
21
April 2012.
1.
Goessling, S. Goetz.
AUM
39862.
ilckrlOwledgment
s.-We
thank the landowners
for
allowing ac-
cess to private properties, Scott Peyton of the Mississippi Museum
of Natural Science for assistance
in
procuring the proper permits
(MS
Scientific Collecting Permit #0412121) and museum data. Craig
Guyer for verifying all records. and Auburn University librarians for
procuring literature resources for this study.
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New
County Records
of
Reptiles and Amphibians from State
Managed
Properties in East-Central
Illinois,
USA
As
part
of
an
ongoing
study
examining
the
ecological integ-
rity
of
seasonal
wetlands
in
the
state
of
Illinois, we
sampled
117
wetland
s for
the
presence
of
amphibians
and
reptiles
on
state
managed
properties
in
east-central
Illinois. Since
the
publica-
tion
of
Phillips
et
al. (1999),
multiple
articles
documenting
new
ETHAN
J.
KESSLER'*
ANDREW
R.
KUHNS'
JOHN A. CRAWFORD'
CHRIS A. PHILLIPS'
ERIC
M.
WRIGHT'"
WHITNEY
J.
B.
ANTHONYSAMY'
TERRY L. ESKER'
JIM GILLESPIE'
LETITIA
J.
JACQUESs
R.
SCOTT SAFFER·
, Illinois
Natural
History Survey, Prairie Research Institute
University
of
Illinois, 1816 South Oak
St.
Champaign, Illinois 61820,
USA
2
Department
of
Biology,
Lindenwood
University, 201 B Young
Hall
209
S.
Kingshighway
St.
Charles, Missouri 63301,
USA
J Illinois
Department
of
Natural
Resources, 4295
N.
l000th
St
Newton, Illinois 62448,
USA
4 Illinois
Department
of
Natural
Resources, 13225
E.
State
Hwy
33
Newton, Illinois 62448,
USA
5552 Rosemary
Rd.,
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045,
USA
6 Prairie Central
Junior
High School, 800 N. Wood
St.
Forrest, Illinois 6 1741,
USA
*Corresponding
author;
e-mail: ekessle2@illinois.edu
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county
records
from
our
study
region have appeared
in
Herpelo-
logical
Review
(Foster
and
Mullin 2007; Petzing et
al.
1998,2000,
2002.2007. 2008).
These
publications
presented
a large
number
of
new
county
records for this
once
poorly s
ampled
region.
With
the extensive
sampling
required
by this
new
study,
we
were
able
to
document
some
less
commonly
encountered
species
in
the
region. Herein we
report
17
specimens
that
represent new
coun·
ty records in the
state
of
Illinois.
All
vouchered specimens
are
housed
at
the
Illinois Natural History Survey
(INHS)
amphihian
and
reptile collection while
unvouchered
specimens
are
repre-
sented
by a digital
image
in
the
Non-INHS Unvouchered
Illinois
Herps
Database
(Unvouch) .
County
records were c
onfirmed
using
the
Illinois Herpetological
Database
at the
INHS
.
which
contains
records
of
Illinois
amphibians
and
reptiles
from
30
museums
collections as well as a collection
of
digital
images
01
unvouchered
specimens
and
observations
from
herpetologists
and
state
biologists,
and
by
examining
volumes of
Herpetologi·
cal
Review
published
since
Phillips
et
al. (1999). Coordinates
are
presented
in
decimal
degrees using
map
datum
WGS84.
Scien·
tific
and
common
names
follow
Crother
(2012).
CAUDATA
-
SALAMANDERS
AMBYSTOMA
LATERALEI/
EFFERSONlANUM
(unisexual
al
lo
lriploid
[JJL
I combining genomes
of
A . .feffer
Ollimlllm
and
laterale).
CRAW
FO
RD
Co.: Crawford
County
Conservation
Area;
3.4
km NW
ofTrimble
(39.08635°N, 87.71039°W).
16
March
2010.A
R.
Kuhns,
T.
L.
Esker,
W.
1.
B.
Anthonysamy,
J.
Gillespie.
Verified
H
~rpetolo
gical
Re
vi
ew 44(2),2013
V
CO
byW.
E.
Peterman
(University
of
Missouri-Columbia)
by gel
elec-
trophoresis
using
AjeD94, AjeD346,
and
AjeD212
microsatellite
primers
(Julian
et
al. 2003).
INHS
21629.
This
specimen
was
one
of
s
ix
individuals
captured
in
minnow
traps
from
ponds
created
at
the site in 2005.
Sa
lamanders
of
the
Ambystoma lateralelje!fersonianum
complex
are
considered
endangered
and
therefore
are
afforded
protection by
the
Illinois
Endangered
Species
Protection
Board
(i\
yboer
et
aJ.
2006).
Unisexual
allotriploids
were
previously
known
from
only
a smaJl
handful
of
ponds
in
the
Middle
Fork
ermilion River
drainage
,
northeast
of
Oakwood,
Vermilion
Co.,
Illinois.
This
new
record
is 120 km
from
the
other
known
loca-
tion
of
known
allotriploids
in
Illinois.
Although
extensive
sam-
pling
for
ambystomatid
salamanders
has
occurr
ed in
the
region
(Peterman
et
al. 2013),
no
allotriploids
have
been
documented
between
these
two
locations
in
Illinois.
AMBY
STOMA MAClILA
TUM
(
Spotted
Salamander
).
LA
W
RENCE
.:
Red Hills
State
Park; 6.2
km
WNW
of
Bridgeport
(38.7181°
N,
87.83023°W). 7
March
2012.
J.
A.
Crawford,
E.
J.
Kessler,
A.
R.
Kuhns,
and
C.
A.
Phillips. Verified by
D.
B. Wylie. INHS 22727.
Adult
captured
in
drift
fence
beside
a
recently
created
ephem-
e
ral
pond.
AMHYSTOMA
TEXANUM
(
SmaU-mouthed
Salamander
).
SH
E
LBY
Co.:
Eagle
Creek
State
Park; 3.5
km
ESE
of
Findlay
(39.50555°N,
88.71979°
W).
1
May
2012.
J.
A.
Crawford
,
E.
J.
Kessler,
A.
R.
Kuhns,
and
C.
A.
Phillips. Verified by
D.
B. Wylie.
INHS
22809.
Adult
caught
in
pitfall
trap.
AMBYSTOMA
TlGRlNUM
(Ti
ge
r
Salaman
d
er
l.
CRAWFORD
Co.:
Crawford
County
Conservation
Area; 3.4
km
NW
of
Trimble
(39.08635 -87.71039). 16
March
2010.
A.
R.
Kuhns,
T.
L.
Esker,
W.
J.
B.
Anthonysamy
,
and
J.
Gillespie. Verified
by
D.
B.
"'''ylie.
INHS
21628.
This
specimen
was
one
of
four
individuals
captured
in
minnow
traps
from
an
ephemeral
pond
created
in 2005.
PLETHODON GLU11NOSUS (
Northern
Slimy
Salamander
).
JASP
ER Co.:
Prairie
Ridge
State
Natural
Area; 3.6 km NNW
of
Bo-
gota (38.94819°N, 88.25375°W). 9
May
2012.
E.
J. Kessler
and
J.
A.
Crawford. Verified
by
D.
B.
Wylie.
INHS
22834.
Adult
found
under
log
in
woodland.
SIREN
INTERMEDlA
(
les
er
Si
ren)
. JA
SP
ER Co
.:
Simpson
Prop-
erty; 2.1 km vmw
of
Yale (39.13012°N, 88.
04545
°W). 12 April
2012.
J.
A.
Crawford
and
E.
J. Kessler. Verified by
D.
B.
Wylie.
INHS
22777.
Adult
captured
in
minnow
trap
in
ephemeral
pond
cre-
ated
in
2010.
WA
YNE
Co.:
Sam
Dale
Lake
State
Conservation
Area; 10.9
km
SSE
of
Xenia
(38.54289°
N,
88.
59354
°W). 9
May
2012.
C.
A.
Phil-
lips,
E.
M.
Wright,
and
L.
L.
Jacques.
Verified by D.
B.
Wylie.
INHS
22835.
Adult
caught
in
minnow
trap
in
ephemeral
pond
.
ANURA
-FROGS
LITHOBATES SYLVATlCUS (
Woo
d
Frog
).
FAYETfE
Co.:
Ramsey
Lake
State
Park
; 1.9
km
NW
of
Ramsey
(39.15422°N, 89.12731 O
W)
.
7
June
2012. R.S. Saffer
and
E.M. Wright. Verified by D.
B.
Wylie.
INHS
22928
.
Juvenile
captured
in pitfall
trap
near
ephemeral
pond.
LAWRENCE
Co.: Red Hills
State
Park
; 6.4
km
WNW
of
Bridge-
port (38.71948°N,
87.83178
°W). 7
March
2012.
J.
A.
Crawford,
E.
J.
Kessler,
A.
R.
Kuhns,
and
C.
A. Phillips. Verified by
D.
B.
Wy-
lie. INHS 22728.
Adult
caught
in
a pitfall
trap
near
an
ephemeral
pond
.
TESTUDINES -TURTLES
STERNOTHERUS
ODORATUS (
Ea
tern
MuskTurtJe)
.
WAYN
E Co.:
Sam
Dale
Lake
State
Conservation
Area; 10.6 km SSE
of
Xenia
(38.54539°N, 88.59484°W). 16
February
2012.
J.
A.
Crawford
, B.
Da
ugherty,
and
A.
R.
Kuhns.
Verified by
D.
B.
Wylie. INHS 22638.
Shell
found
by
small
pond.
Gravid
adult
female
was
also
found
DOR
near
pond
at
entrance
to
park
on
13
June
2012.
CLA
RK Co.:
Lincoln
Trail
State
Park 6.1
km
SSW
of
Marshall.
(39.33798°
N,
87.71184°
Wl
. 28
June
2011.
E.
M. Wright. Verified by
D.
B. Wylie.
Unvouch
42631. Adult
female
found
in
campground
on
the
edge
of
the
state
park
presumably
searching
for
nesting
habitat.
1'RACHEMYS SCRIPTA ELEGANS
(Red
-
eared
Slider
).
MOULT-
RI
E Co.:
Whitley
Creek
Recreation
Area; 7.3 km SSW
of
Sullivan
(39.5360rN,
88.62716°W). 3
May
2012.
E.
J.
Kessler,
A.
R.
Kuhns,
and
C.
A.
Phillips
. Verified by
D.
B.
Wylie.
INHS
22817.
Juvenile
found
crossing
park
access
road.
SQUAMATA -LIZARDS
PLESTIODON
FASClATlIS
(Conunon
Five-
lined
Skink
).
SH
E
LB
Y
Co.: Eagle
Creek
State
Park; 5.8 km SSE
of
Grandview
(39.49142°N,
88.70842°W) . 3
May
2012.
E.
J.
Kessler
and
A.
R. Kuhns. Verified
by
D.
B.
Wylie. INHS 22818.
Found
under
log
in
woodlands
be-
tween
ephemeral
pond
and
golf
course
.
PL
E
STIODON
LATICEPS
(Broad-headed
Sk
i
nk
).
LAWRENC
E Co.:
Red Hills
State
Park
; 6.1 km
WNW
of
Bridgeport
(38.72425°N,
87.82633°W).
17
May
2012.
J.
A.
Crawford,
A.
R.
Kuhns,
and
C.
A. Phillips. Verified by
D.
B.
Wylie. INHS 22925.
Adult
captured
in
drift
fence
beside
ephemeral
pond.
SCINCELLA LATERALIS
(Uttle
Brown
Skink)
.
MA
R
IO
N Co.: Ste-
phen
A.
Forbes
State
Recreation
Area, 10.3
km
SE
of
Kinmundy
(38.71153°N, 88.
75856
°W). 12
June
2012. E.
J.
Kessler
and
L.
L.
Jacques
. Verified by
D.
B.
Wylie.
INHS
22923.
Adult
found
under
piece
of
silt
fencing
while
removing
drift
fence.
SQUAMATA -SNAKES
HETERODON
PLATIRHINOS
(Eastern
Hog-nosed
Snake
).
MOULTRIE
Co.:
Whitley
Creek
Recreation
Area, NW
of
Co.
H'Ary.
19
and
Co.
Rd
.
900N
(39.53608°N, 88.62781°W). 3
May
2012. E.
J.
Kessler,
A.
R.
Kuhns,
and
C.
A.
Phillips. Verified
by
D.
B.
Wylie.
INHS 22819.
Juvenile
captured
in
funnel
trap
placed
along
a drift
fence.
STORERlA
DEKAY! (
Dekay
'
Brownsnake)
. JA
SPER
Co.:
Sam
Parr
State
Park; 5.8 km NE
of
Newton
(39.02860oN, 88.11581°
W).
22
June
2012.
A.
R.
Kuhns,
R.
S.
Saffer,
and
E.
M.
Wright. Verified
by
D.
B.
Wylie.
INHS
22912.
Adult
captured
in
drift
fence
beside
ephemeral
pond.
Acknowledgments
.-W
e
thank
Illinois District Natural Heritage
Biologist Roger Ja
nsen
for making
contact
with
land
managers
in
his
district
and
also for the use
of
field e
quipment.
We
also thank
the
Herpetological Review 44(2) ,
2013
I
multiple
IDNR
land
managers
who
granted us permission to con-
duct
research
in
their parks
and
aided us in
innumerable
ways, es-
pecially Scott Simpson.
Thanks
also go to the Illinois Natural History
Survey Museum Collections Manager Dan Wylie for cataloging
and
verifying specimens.
Field work was
supported
by
United States Environmental Pro-
tection Agency Region 5 Wetlands Program Development Grants
CD-OO
E00740
and
CD-OO
E00963
and
an
IDNR Wildlife Preservation
Fund Grant 09L-19W. Fieldwork was
conducted
under
permits
from
the Illinois
Department
of
Natural Resources to work
on
state
man-
aged
properties
, collecting
permits
to
A.
R.
Kuhns
and
C.
A.
Phillips,
and
, when applicable, IDNR
Endangered
and
Threatened
Species
Permit, 05-11S. Field
sampling
was
conducted
under
University of
11-
linois Institutional Animal Care
and
Use
Committee
Protocols 10211
(to
ARK
)
and
11203 (to
CAP).
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New
Departmental Records for Amphibians and Reptiles
in
Honduras
From
30
June
to
12 July 2011,
we
conducted
a
preliminary
survey
of
the
amphibians
and
reptiles
on
the
islands
in
the
Gulf
of
Fonseca,
Department
of
Valle, in
southern
Honduras
. McCra-
nie
(2007,2011)
had
previously
demonstrated
that
Valle
was
one
of
several
departments
that
had
been
understudied
regarding
its
amphibian
and
snake
faunas,
respectively. 1\-1'0
of
us
(JRM
and
LVO)
also
spent
a
week
during
April 2011
collecting
in
the
Departments
of
Copan
and
Santa
Barbara
in
northwestern
Hon-
duras.
McCranie
(2007, 2011)
had
shown
that
Santa
Barbara
was
also
under-studied
in
regards
to
its
amphibian
and
snake
faunas.
During
those
surveys
we
documented
one
species
of
snake
new
to
Honduras
(Tantilla vermi!ormis)
and
new
department
records
for
one
frog,
two
lizards, six
other
snakes,
and
one
turtle.
Iden-
tifications
of
USNM
specimens
were
verified
by Steve
W.
Gotte,
those
deposited
in
MVZ
were
verified
by
Sean
M. Rovito,
and
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JAMES
R.
McCRANIE*
10770
SW
164 Street, Miami, Florida 33157-2933,
USA
e-mail:jmcuani@bellsouth.net
LEONARDO VALDES ORELLANA
Gerente General de "Hondufauna," Investigador Privado, Colonia America
Bloque
9,
Casa
1806,
Comayagiiela, MOe. Honduras
ALEXANDER GUTSCHE
Museum
fiir
Naturkunde, Herpetologie, Leibniz-Institut
fiir
Evolutions-
und
BiodiversitOtsforschung, Invalidenstr. 43, 0-10115 Berlin, Germany
*Corresponding
author
UNAH
vouchers
were
verified by
Gustavo
A.
Cruz. Coordinates
and
elevations
were
taken
with
a GPS
device
using
map
datum
WGS84.
ANURA
-FROGS
TRACHYCE
PH
ALUS TY
PHO
N
lU
S (Veined Treefrogi Rana Trepa-
dora
Lechosa
).
VALLE:
Isla
Garrobo
(l3.3169°N, 87.700126°W),
25 m elev. 7 July 2011.
USNM
579695.
Closest
known
locality
for
this
species
is ca. 30 km SE
at
Cedeno,
Choluteca
(McCranie
2006).
The
frog
was
active
at
night
in a
tree
ca. 3 m
above
the
ground
in
second
growth
dry
forest.
SQUAMATA
-
LIZARDS
HOLCOSUS UN
DULATUS
(Rainbow Ameiva; Lagarlija
Me
-
t<ilica) .
VALLE:
Isla del Tigre,
near
communications
tower
(l3.26678°N, 87.633412°W), 783 m elev.
30
June
2011. USNM
579690.
Closest
known
locality for
this
species
is ca. 65 km
ENE
on
Cerro
Guanacaure,
Choluteca
(SDSNH 72693, 72696, USNM
579539).
The
lizard
was
active
on
the
ground
at
midday
in an
area
denuded
of
its
dry
forest.
IGUA
NA
IGUAN
A (
Green
Iguana;
Iguana
de
Ribera)
.
VALLE:
Isla
de
La Vaca (l3.300024°N, 87.583562°W), 5 m elev. 9 July
2011. UNAH 5653.
First
published
record
from
Valle,
although
Lovich
et
aJ.
(2006) in
an
unpublished
report,
acknowledged
a
Herpetological
Review
44(2),
2013
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Twenty polymorphic microsatellite DNA markers were isolated and characterized in Ambystoma jeffersonianum collected from three vernal pools in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. These markers revealed a high degree of genetic diversity (7–23 alleles per locus), heterozygosity (46.7% to 100%), and allelic heterogeneity (96% of comparisons were statistically significant). Genetic distances were greatest in comparisons between collections, intermediate within collections, and least among sibling pairs. Six markers were trisomic in A. jeffersonianum-A. laterale hybrids. These microsatellite DNA loci should allow delineation of genetic structure within and among populations of the diploid A. jeffersonianum and provide an effective method for identification of triploid hybrid individuals.
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