Tylototriton podichthys Phimmachak, Aowphol, and Stuart, 2015

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Salamandridae > Subfamily: Pleurodelinae > Genus: Tylototriton > Species: Tylototriton podichthys

Tylototriton (Tylototriton) podichthys Phimmachak, Aowphol, and Stuart, 2015, Zootaxa, 4006: 301. Holotype: NCSM 77721, by original designation. Type locality: "Laos, Luang Phabang Province, Phoukhoun District, Nam Madao Village, 19º18’0.3”N 102º34’25.2”E, 1,189 m elev."

English Names

Luang Prabang Corcodile [sic] Newt (Poyarkov, Nguyen, Popov, Geissler, Pawangkhanant, Neang, Suwannapoom, and Orlov, 2021, Russ. J. Herpetol., 28 (3A): 66). 

Luang Phabang Crocodile Newt (Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 310). 

Distribution

Luang Phabang, Xieng Khouang, and Huaphanh Provinces, Laos, from 1189–1500 m elevation; likely extending in Nghe An Province, Vietnam.  

Comment

Previously confused with Tylototriton shanjing and Tylototriton verrucosus, neither of which occurs in Laos with the naming of Tylototriton podichthysBernardes, Le, Nguyen, Pham, Pham, Nguyen, Rödder, Bonkowski, and Ziegler, 2020, ZooKeys, 935: 121–164, provided a range map. In the Tylototriton (Tylototritonverrucosus species group of Poyarkov, Nguyen, and Arkhipov, 2021, Taprobanica, 10: 4–22, who discussed phylogenetics. In the Tylototriton verrucosus group of Lyu, Wang, Zeng, Zhou, Qi, Wan, Li, and Wang, 2021, Vert. Zool., Senckenberg, 71: 697–710, who discussed phylogenetics. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 310–311, provided an account, summarizing systematics, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map).  

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