Salamanders (Caudata)


Salamanders are part of a different group of amphibians. The group they belong to is called Caudata. Not all animals in this group are called salamanders, there are also newts, sirens, olms, etc but they are sometimes just lumped into being called salamanders.

The Appalachian Mountains of the United States is the salamander capitol of the world. A third of all salamanders are found in the United States.


Caudata is broken down into 3 groups of living organisms, Cryptobranchoidea – primitive salamanders, Salamandroidea – advanced salamanders, and Sirenidae – Sirens.
There are 10 living families in Caudata and over 700 species.


Cryptobranchidae – Giant Salamanders

Chinese Giant Salamander

Hynobiidae – Asiatic Salamanders

Fischer’s Clawed Salamander (Onychodactylus fischeri)


Ambystomatidae– Mole Salamanders

Spotted Salamander

Amphiumidae – Amphiumas

Two Toed Amphiuma

Dicamptodontidae – Pacific Giant Salamander

Coastal Giant Salamander

Plethodontidae – Lungless Salamanders

Four toed Salamander
Red Salamander
Korean Crevice Salamander (Karsenia koreana)

Proteidae – Mud puppies and Olms


Rhyacotritonidae – Torrent Salamanders

Cascade Torrent Salamander (Rhyacotriton cascadae)

Salamandridae – True Salamanders and Newts

Fire Salamander 
Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens)


Sirenidae – Sirens

Southern Dwarf Siren

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