What is an amphiuma?

What is an amphiuma? Here are some definitions.

Noun
  1. (zoology) Any of the genus Amphiuma of aquatic salamanders.
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In the forms however with degenerate limbs like amphiuma, Siren and Proteus the number of digits is still further reduced.
Helminth parasites of Amphiuma tridactylum and Siren lacertina from Louisiana.
This view has originated out of the very remarkable superficial resemblance between the Ichthyophis-larva and the amphiuma.
A large, active amphiuma may rub its snout on the screen if the screen lid covers the entire top of the enclosure.
The two species not captured or seen after the hurricane were the three-toed amphiuma Amphiuma tridactylum and the northern cricket frog Acris crepitans.
If handled roughly, the amphiuma will become aggressive and provide the aggressor with a painful bite.

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