19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A larval coastal giant salamander in its home stream.

This is a larval coastal giant salamander - Dicamptodon tenebrosus - in its home stream on Mary's Peak, in the Oregon coast range. These are the dominant vertebrate predators in their fishless streams, and as you can see, they can be quite cryptic!

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: alsea, or, United States of America
Camera: E-M5MarkII
Copyright: © christopher cousins