GREECE 2012

 

 

Amphibia: URODELA (Newts & Salamanders)

We recorded two species of urodelans (tailed amphibians ie. newts and salamanders) from the Salamandridae, but both were documented only in their newly metamorphosed forms and neither was commonly encountered.

Salamandridae:

Lissotriton vulgaris vulgaris - Common smooth newt
We found a single newly metamorphosed Common smooth newt (Lissotriton vulgaris vulgaris) in the reedy fringes of the pond north of Loutrós where we encountered large numbers of Common marsh frogs (Pelophylax ridibundus).

Common smooth newt,
Lissotriton vulgaris vulgaris

a newly metamophosed specimen from north of Loutrós
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Salamandra salamandra salamandra - Fire salamander
In the fast-running creek near Passáni where we found the Balkan yellow-bellied toad (Bombina variegata scabra) we also encountered 2-3 newly metamorphosed Fire Salamanders (Salamandra salamandra salamandra) which were still lingering and feeding in shallow pools.

Fire salamander,
Salamandra salamandra salamandra

a newly metamorphosed specimen from near Passani