Ommatotriton nesterovi (Litvinchuk, Zuiderwijk, Borkin, and Rosanov, 2005)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Salamandridae > Subfamily: Pleurodelinae > Genus: Ommatotriton > Species: Ommatotriton nesterovi

Triturus ophryticus nesterovi Litvinchuk, Zuiderwijk, Borkin, and Rosanov, 2005, Amphibia-Reptilia, 26: 317. Holotype: ZISP 6185.1, by original designation. Type locality: "vicinity of the town Bolu (40° 42´ N, 31° 33´ E), Bolu Prov., Turkey".

Ommatotriton nesteroviBülbül and Kutrup, 2013, Animal Biol., 63: 297; van Riemsdijk, Arntzen, Bogaerts, Franzen, Litvinchuk, Olgun, and Wielstra, 2017, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 114: 73. 

English Names

Anatolian Banded Newt (Üzüm, Avcı, Olgun, Bülbül, Fahrbach, Litvinchuk, and Wielstra, 2019, Salamandra, 55: 132). 

Nesterov's Banded Newt (Dufresnes, 2019, Amph. Eur., N. Afr., & Middle East: 144). 

Distribution

From the vicinity of Kethüda, on the northern part of Anatolia west to the Sea of Marmara region near Subaşi, Turkey. 

Comment

First recognized as distinct from Ommatotriton ophryticus by Bülbül and Kutrup, 2013, Animal Biol., 63: 297–312, on the basis of morphometrics and 16s mtDNA. This study was much expanded, confirmed, and documented more precisely by van Riemsdijk, Arntzen, Bogaerts, Franzen, Litvinchuk, Olgun, and Wielstra, 2017, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 114: 73–81, on the basis of mt and nuDNA and dense geographic sampling. Üzüm, Avcı, Olgun, Bülbül, Fahrbach, Litvinchuk, and Wielstra, 2019, Salamandra, 55: 131–134, provided external morphological characters to distinguish this species from Ommatotriton ophryticus and Ommatotriton vittatus. See Dufresnes, 2019, Amph. Eur., N. Afr., & Middle East: 144, for brief summary of identifying morphology and biology, a range map, as well as a photograph.   

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