Common Name: Neuse River Waterdog

Scientific Name: Necturus lewisi


Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Amphibia

Order: Caudata

Family: Proteidae

Genus: Necturus

Species: N. lewisi


The scientific name for the Neuse River Waterdog is Necturus lewisi. The kingdom for the Neuse River Waterdog is Animalia. The phylum is Chordata. The class is amphibia. The order is caudate. The family is proteidae. The genus is Necturus. And the species is N. lewisi. The size of a N. river waterdog is a medium size. It has a rusty brown back side with many large, bluish black spots. Its adaption is long streams with a flow of about 10 cm. and streams which are about 15m. Wider and 1m. deep.

The Neuse River Waterdog’s characteristics are the tail is compressed laterally and ridged. Each hind limb has 4 toes and their gills are doll red and bushy.


Its role in the food web is snail’s earthworms, isopods, amphipods, may flies, stone flies, cadi’s flies, true flies, and fish. Other prey is slugs, leeches spiders, crayfish centipedes, millipedes, donates, hellgrammites beetles. And other insects. They use their chemical defenses to ward off these predators and to compete for their food. They compete with fishes for food. The bullfrog eats the Neuse River Waterdog.


The Neuse River Waterdog’s niche is areas with a hard clay or soil bottom as well as areas covered with leaf bed and long streams. They do well in that ecosystem because they are salamanders and a salamander’s habitat is moisture places. The change of their habitat is usually in spring when they move to large bedrock outcrops or under granite rocks.


About ¼ of the world’s population is the Neuse River Waterdogs. The population of the Neuse River Waterdog is increasing very so. The contribute to the change of the population is because of the human activity in the river systems looks quite different.


I think the most that stood out to me as I read about my animal is how they eat snails and how their afro flairs out as a way to protect themselves. I learned about a new animal that me or my friends never heard of but have seen on TV but now since I had to write  this report when I see it I can say I did a report on that animal.


Author: Tameela C

Published: 05/2010


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Photo Credit:
Jack Dermid