The extremely rare Many-ribbed Salamander is Kansas' smallest salamander being only 2-3 inches long. There is a broad brown stripe running from the head down the back. The back may have small dark brown chevrons marking the medial grooves on the back. The animal's belly is pale gray to lemon yellow. This species has been found only in larval form in Kansas. The animal is dependent upon cave streams or spring flows where rock crevices offer cover. The Many-ribbed Salamander's range in Kansas is limited to the Ozark Plateau region of Cherokee County where it requires caves and associated spring flows.
Many-ribbed Salamanders are protected by the Kansas Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act and administrative regulations applicable thereto. Any time an eligible project is proposed that will impact the species' preferred habitats within its probable range, the project sponsor must contact the Ecological Services Section, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, 512 SE 25th Ave., Pratt, Kansas 67124-8174. Department personnel can then advise the project sponsor on permit requirements.DESIGNATED CRITICAL HABITATS
As defined by Kansas Administrative Regulations, critical habitats include those areas documented as currently supporting self-sustaining population(s) of any threatened or endangered species of wildlife as well as those areas determined by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to be essential for the conservation of any threatened or endangered species of wildlife. Currently, the following areas are designated critical for Many-ribbed Salamanders:
All caves and associated spring flows within that portion of Cherokee County lying south and east of a line beginning at the Kansas-Missouri border junction with U.S. Highway 66 at Sec. 13, T34S, R25E, then extending westerly and southerly along U.S. 66 to the Kansas- Oklahoma border at Sec. 14, T35S, R24E.