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m. croceum Trinomial name Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum Russell & Anderson, 1956 The Santa Cruz long-toed salamander (Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum) is an endangered subspecies of the long-toed salamander, which is found only close to a few isolated ponds in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties in California. It has a black body, broken yellow or orange irregular striping along its spine, and a tail fin well evolved for swimming. Like other mole salamanders, it is found near pools or slow-moving steams and has a very secretive lifestyle, making it difficult to find. Contents 1 Comparison with the long-toed salamander 2 Valencia Lagoon, the modern discovery site 3 Life cycle 4 Conservation status 5 References 6 Further reading 7 External links Comparison with the long-toed salamander The Santa Cruz long-toed.