AMNH Subway Art #20

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Marbled salamander, Ambystoma opacum (left) and
Fire salamander, Salamandra salamandra (right)
as portrayed in tiles on the walls of the NYC uptown subway stop (A-B-C)
at 81st and Central Park West. (ISO, no zoom, no flash).
Image: GrrlScientist 2008 [wallpaper size].

Read more about the AMNH tile artworks and see the AMNH tile artworks photographic archives — with all the animals identified.


About GrrlScientist

grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to AMNH Subway Art #20

  1. JPS says:

    The salamander on the left is probably a marbled salamander.
    The salamander on the right is probably a tiger salamander.

  2. wren says:

    I can’t identify the species but I am definitely looking for that subway stop when I’m in NYC next month.

  3. Hai~Ren says:

    L: Marbled salamander (Ambystoma opacum)
    R: Fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra)

  4. wren; this is just the uptown stop; there is a downtown stop (the downstairs platform at this stop) that i haven’t shown to you yet, but the walls on that platform are filled with casts of fossil bones, including my personal favorite, the berlin archaeopteryx.
    and thanks for the species IDs, i’ve added them to the caption!