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amphiuma

[am-fee-yoo-muh] /ˌæm fiˈyu mə/
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1.
an aquatic, eellike salamander of the genus Amphiuma, of the southeastern U.S., having two pairs of very small feet.
Origin
< New Latin Amphiuma name of the genus, probably irregular formation. See amphi-, pneuma
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  • amphiuma spp generally are aquatic, although eggs may be deposited on land near water.
  • amphiuma species generally are aquatic, although eggs are deposited on land near water.
Encyclopedia Article for amphiuma

any of three species of North American salamanders belonging to the family Amphiumidae (order Caudata). Because they are long and slender and have inconspicuous legs, they are often mistaken for eels or snakes. The body is gray or brown and paler on the lower side. The usual habitat is swamps and drainage ditches

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