Bulletin of the National Speleological Society - ISSN 0146-9517
Number 12: 12-15 - November 1950

A publication of the National Speleological Society

Cavern-Dwelling Salamanders of the Ozark Plateau
M.B. Mittleman


The Ozark Plateau, by reason of its topographic relief, abundant drainage, plentiful cover, and relatively mild climate, has proved to be an ideal center of differentiation for plethodontid salamanders. Its caves not only provide the dim light or darkness preferred by these animals but also afford the only habitat with relatively constant conditions of moisture so necessary to most of them.

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