Pleurodeles Michahelles, 1830

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Salamandridae > Subfamily: Pleurodelinae > Genus: Pleurodeles
3 species

Pleurodeles Michahelles, 1830, Isis von Oken, 23: 191. Type species: Pleurodeles waltl Michahelles, 1830, by monotypy.

Bradybates Tschudi, 1838, Classif. Batr.: 91. Type species: Bradybates ventricosus Tschudi, 1838, by monotypy (= Pleurodeles waltl Michahelles, 1830). Synonymy by Lataste, 1879, Act. Soc. Linn. Bordeaux, Ser. 4, 3: 113-118.

Glossoliga Bonaparte, 1839, Iconograph. Fauna Ital., 2 (Fasc. 26): unnumbered. Type species: Triton poireti Gervais, 1835 by monotypy. Synonymy by Gray, 1850, Cat. Spec. Amph. Coll. Brit. Mus., Batr. Grad.: 18.

Bradytes Gistel, 1848, Naturgesch. Thierr.: xi. Replacement name for Bradybates Tschudi, 1838.

GlossolegaCope, 1866, J. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, Ser. 2, 6: 108. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

PleurodelesBoulenger, 1878, Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 3: 308. Treatment as a subgenus of Triturus.

English Names

Ribbed Newts (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 35).


Iberian peninsula of Spain and Portugal; Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria.


Risch, 1985, J. Bengal Nat. Hist. Soc., N.S.,, 4: 139-143, reviewed the Pleurodelinae and considered Tylototriton (sensu lato, as including Echinotriton) a subgenus of Pleurodeles, as did Dubois, 1982, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 16: 9-65, and Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 9-16 (who also placed Echinotriton as a subgenus of Pleurodeles). See comment under EchinotritonCarranza and Arnold, 2004, Syst. Biodiversity, 1: 327-337, reported on DNA phylogeography of Pleurodeles poireti and Pleurodeles waltl, and suggested that Pleurodeles is the sister taxon of Tylototriton. North African populations revised and a cladogram presented for these by Carranza and Wade, 2004, Zootaxa, 488: 1-24. Weisrock, Papenfuss, Macey, Litvinchuk, Polymeni, Uğurtaş, Zhao, Jowkar, and Larson, 2006, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 41: 855-857, found Pleurodeles to be in a monophyletic group with Echinotriton and Tylototriton. Veith, Mayer, Samraoui, Donaire-Barroso, and Bogaerts, 2004, J. Biogeograph., 31: 159-171Veith, Mayer, Samraoui, Donaire-Barroso, and Bogaerts, 2004, J. Biogeograph., 31: 159-171, reported on molecular phylogeography and suggested that this taxon is composed of two very distinctive and allopatric lineages. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 178–180, provided brief accounts, photographs, and range maps. Sparreboom, 2014, Salamanders Old World: 304–310, reviewed the biology, characteristics, distribution, reproduction, and conservation of the species. Escoriza and Ben Hassine, 2017, Zootaxa, 4237: 587–592, compared the larval morphology of Pleurodeles nebulosus, Pleurodeles waltl, and Pleurodeles poireti. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 36–37, provided brief accounts, photographs, and range maps for the species in Africa. 

Contained taxa (3 sp.):

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