Mertensiella Wolterstorff, 1925

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Salamandridae > Subfamily: Salamandrinae > Genus: Mertensiella
2 species

Exaeretus Waga, 1876, Rev. Mag. Zool., Paris, Ser. 3, 4: 327. Type species: Exaeretus caucasicus Waga, 1876, by monotypy. Junior homonym of Exaeretus Fieber, 1864 (Insecta).

Mertensiella Wolterstorff, 1925, Abh. Ber. Mus. Nat. Heimatkd. Magdeburg, 4: 244. Replacement name for Exaeretus Waga, 1876.

MertensiellaÖzeti, 1967, Copeia, 1967: 287. Treatment as a subgenus of Salamandra.

English Names

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


Known from above Trabzon in northeastern Turkey to Borzhomi in the Caucasus Mountains of western Georgia.


See comments under Lyciasalamandra and Chioglossa. Özeti, 1967, Copeia, 1967: 287-298, considered Mertensiella to be a subgenus of Salamandra. Thorn and Raffaëlli, 2000, Salamand. Ancien Monde: 190-203, provided accounts. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 255–258, provided an account, summarizing systematics, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map).

Contained taxa (2 sp.):

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