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    BBC News (London, UK) May 21st, 2018 07:21 PM: 'Living fossil' giant salamander heading for extinction

    The world's largest amphibian is in "catastrophic" decline, with probably only a handful left in the wild.
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    Because they look for food underwater, newts and European salamanders have eyes that are shaped for seeing prey, and their mouth is shaped for sucking in prey. In the water-dwelling phase, newts have organs in the skin that make up a system called the lateral (LAT-uhr-uhl) line. With these organs the newt feels tiny water currents and thus can detect moving prey, even in the dark and in muddy water.
    Some keep the body form of larvae even though they become adults and can reproduce. These adults do not make the move to land and remain in water throughout life.

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    Well! The giant salamander lives in freshwater rivers and eating the creature was historically seen as taboo. The giant salamander is now regarded as a delicacy. I am a researcher to search for new things in the world for our younger students. I have found topics of new information from here to learn more about it and thanks for this informative article.

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