going south!

To anyone reading, I'll be making my way from Jonesborough, TN to Gainesville, FL 9/21 to 9/27. I'm hoping to find some salamanders, eat some BBQ, and maybe spread the word about iNat, so

1) Any tips on good salamander sites in southern Appalachia, preferably near car camping sites?

2) Anyone in the area want me to give a short talk about iNat?

Posted by kueda kueda, September 03, 2014 07:09 AM


It's probably a bit out of your way, but I saw a lot of salamanders without trying when I was camping in the Smokies in early August a few years ago. Chimney Tops trail and the Cataloochee area were great, and I camped at Cataloochee and either Cosby or Big Creek, which had nice streamside sites. Cataloochee's on the eastern side of the park so it's about an hour from Asheville.

Posted by sea-kangaroo almost 8 years ago (Flag)

If you see any Platycryptus undatus or Menemerus bivittatus in that area, please grab them for me. There's an anomalous CO1 sequence for Platycryptus undatus in BOLD that has to either be a new cryptic species or a misidentified Menemerus bivittatus. Unfortunately, there are no M. bivittatus sequences on BOLD so it's impossible to rule out it being a misidentification.

Posted by zygy almost 8 years ago (Flag)

Thanks sk, and I'll keep an eye out for jumpers, Kaldari. Might want to talk to this person too: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/860644

Posted by kueda almost 8 years ago (Flag)

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