Neurergus crocatus

Neurergus crocatus

Neurergus crocatus, Yellow-spotted newt, Azerbaijan newt, Azerbaijan mountain newt, Mountain newt, Lake urmia newt

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Neurergus crocatus

Neurergus crocatus, the yellow-spotted newt, Azerbaijan newt, Azerbaijan mountain newt, mountain newt, or Lake Urmia newt, is a species of salamander in the family Salamandridae. It occurs in the mountains west of Lake Urmia, in northwestern Iran, northeastern Iraq, and southeastern Turkey.

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Neurergus crocatus grow to about 16–18 cm (6.3–7.1 in) in total length; the tail is longer than the body (i.e., tail length>snout–vent length). The head is flattened and longer than it is wide. The snout is rounded. The body is slender and almost round, without a dorsal ridge. The tail is rounded at the base and laterally compressed towards its tip. The tail has moderately developed dorsal and ventral fins. The limbs are well-developed; the digits are thick and flat. Colouration is dorsally dark brown to black with yellow, rounded but somewhat irregular blotches; these continue on the tail. The ventral surfaces are orange-red in males and yellowish in females.

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References

1. Neurergus crocatus Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neurergus_crocatus
2. Neurergus crocatus on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/14734/86247230

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