Paramesotriton deloustali (Bourret, 1934)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Salamandridae > Subfamily: Pleurodelinae > Genus: Paramesotriton > Species: Paramesotriton deloustali

Mesotriton deloustali Bourret, 1934, Annexe Bull. Gen. Instr. Publique, Hanoi, 1934: 84. Syntypes: Not stated; LZUH 226, 228, 257, and 287 according to Brame and Gorham, 1972, Checklist Living & Fossil Salamand. World (Unpubl. MS): 66; these now MNHNP 1935.119, and possibly MNHNP 1935.120, 1948.110–111 according to Thireau, 1986, Cat. Types Urodeles Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat., Rev. Crit.: 28–29; Guibé, 1950 "1948", Cat. Types Amph. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat.: 9, reported MNHNP 1935.119 as a 'paratype'. Bour, Ohler, and Dubois, 2009, Alytes, 26: 153–166, discussed the tortured literature history and related errors and concluded that MNHNP 1935.119–120 and 1948.110 are unquestionably syntypes of which they designated 1935.119 as lectotype. Type locality: "Tam-Dao, à 900 m d'altitude", Tonkin, Vietnam; corrected to "the torrent of the hill station of Tam Dao (. . . ), province of Vinh Phuc, Vietnam (at an altitude of approximately 900 meters . . .".

Pachytriton deloustaliChang, 1935, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Ser. 2, 7: 95.

Paramesotriton deloustaliChang, 1935, Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 60: 425.

Paramesotriton (Paramesotriton) deloustaliDubois and Raffaëlli, 2009, Alytes, 26: 49, 65.

English Names

Vietnam Warty Newt (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 35).

Tam Dao Newt (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 33).

Vietnamese Salamander (Nguyen, Ho, and Nguyen, 2005, Checklist Amph. Rept. Vietnam: 9).

Tam Dao Salamander (Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 605).

Tam Dao Warty Newt (Sparreboom, 2014, Salamanders Old World: 288). 


Montane regions of northern Vietnam in the provinces of Lao Cai, Son La, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Bac Kan, Quang Ninh and Vinh Phuc, 600–1900 m elevations; reported from adjacent Hekou County, Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture, southern Yunnan Province, China.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: China, People's Republic of, Vietnam


See accounts by Bourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 148–150; and Thorn and Raffaëlli, 2000, Salamand. Ancien Monde: 331–334. Orlov, Murphy, Ananjeva, Ryabov, and Ho, 2002, Russ. J. Herpetol., 9: 100, commented on the range. Nguyen, Ho, and Nguyen, 2005, Checklist Amph. Rept. Vietnam: 147, provided a photograph. Raffaëlli, 2007, Les Urodèles du Monde: 132–133, provided a brief account, figure, and map. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 605. Nguyen, Nguyen, Hồ, Le, and Nguyen, 2009, Tạp chí Công nghệ Sinh học, 7: 325–333, reported on the species in Vietnam. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 161, provided a brief account, range map, and photograph and suggested that the population reported from Lao Cai, Vietnam, represents and unnamed species. Sparreboom, 2014, Salamanders Old World: 288–290, reviewed the biology, characteristics, distribution, reproduction, and conservation of the species. Zhang, Han, Ye, Ni, Li, Yao, and Xu, 2018, Conserv. Genet. Resources, 10: 552–554, reported on the entire mtDNA genome and provided a record from Yunnan, China, near the Vietnam border, but did not provide details on the location. Reported from Son La Province, northwestern Vietnam, by Pham, Nguyen, Pham, Sung, Le, Vaxong, and Ziegler, 2022, Herpetol. Notes, 15: 169–178, who provided descriptive notes on the new specimens. Wei, Liu, Wen, Zhang, Wang, and Yuan, 2021, Chinese J. Zool., 56: 617–623, discussed morphology, molecular phylogenetics and habitat in southern Yunnan, China. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 448–450, provided an account, summarizing systematics, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map). 

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