Necturus punctatus
Dwarf waterdog
Subgenus: Parvurus
family: Proteidae
subfamily: Necturinae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
NatureServe Status Use NatureServe Explorer to see status.
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species can be found in the USA on the Coastal Plain from southeastern Virginia to at least central Georgia, and Fall Line and Piedmont from North Carolina to Georgia; populations westward to Mobile appear to be related to N. beyeri or possibly represent an undescribed species (see Dundee 1998).

Habitat and Ecology

It is found in the bottoms of slow, sand- or mud-bottomed streams and connected ditches, cypress swamps; also stream-fed rice fields and mill ponds. It favours bottoms with leaf-litter and detritus. Juveniles burrow into bottom while adults congregate in leaf beds in winter. Eggs probably are attached to undersides of objects in water.


Viable populations occur in most areas of the range (see Petranka 1998).

Population Trend


Major Threats

The major threats are unknown.

Conservation Actions

None needed. It occurs in several protected areas. Monitoring and research on population trends are lacking.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution and presumed large population.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2014. Necturus punctatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T59434A56453993. .Downloaded on 18 February 2019


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