Mertensiella djanaschvilii Tartarashvili and Bakradze, 1989

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Salamandridae > Subfamily: Salamandrinae > Genus: Mertensiella > Species: Mertensiella djanaschvilii

Mertensiella caucasica djanaschvilii Tartarashvili and Bakradze, 1989, Bull. Acad. Sci. Georgia, Tbilisi, 133: 177-179. Types: Not stated. Type locality: "in Georgian SSR in the vicinity of mount Tirala (Batumi region)", Georgia. Stated as "Mtirala Mountain, environs of Batumi Town, Adjaria, Georgia" by Tuniyev, 1999, Adv. Amph. Res. Former Soviet Union, 3: 48.

Mertensiella djanaschvilii — Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 255.

English Names

None noted. 


Western Caucasus from the Borjomi area, western Georgia, to northeastern Turkey to the west in the eastern Black Sea region, west to Çambaşi, south of Ordu (Ordu, Gresun, Rize, Trabzon, Artvin, Kars, Bayburt, Gümüshane provinces). 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Georgia, Turkey


 Başoğlu and Özeti, 1973, Türkiye Amphibileri: 36–37, provided an account for the Turkish populations (as Mertensiella caucasica). Özeti and Yilmaz, 1994, Türkiye Amfibileri: 51–54, provided an account for Turkish populations (as Mertensiella caucasica).  Tuniyev, 1999, Adv. Amph. Res. Former Soviet Union, 3: 48-49, discussed the status and distribution of Mertensiella caucasica djanaschvilii.  Beşir and Gül, 2019, Herpetol. Notes, 12: 45–51, provided a dot map for Rize Province, northeastern Turkey (as Mertensiella djanaschvilii). See comments under Mertensiella caucasica noting literature that included this taxon as a subspecies of that species. Kurnaz and Kutrup, 2019, Nat. Conserv. Res., 4: 109–111, provided new localities and modeled the distribution in Gümüşhane province in Turkey (as Mertensiella caucasica). Çiçek, Yakin, Afsar, Ayaz, and Tok, 2019, Acta Biol. Turcica, 32: 37–41, provided new localities in Turkey and a dot map for the species' range (as Mertensiella caucasica). Yaşar, Çiçek, Mulder, and Tok, 2021, North-West. J. Zool., Romania, 17(e201512): 232–275, discussed and grid-mapped the range in Turkey (as Mertensiella caucasica). Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 255, resurrected the name Mertensiella djanaschvilii on the basis of evidence presented by Tarkhnishvili, Thorpe, and Arntzen, 2000, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 14: 414–422, and Tarkhnishvili, Kaya, Gavashelishvili, and Serbinova, 2008, Herpetol. J., 18: 155–163.  

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