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Kingdom  Animalia
Subfamily  Pleurodelinae
Phylum  Chordata
Rank  Genus
Length  Palmate newt: 9.5 cm
Family  Salamandridae
Scientific name  Lissotriton
Higher classification  Salamandridae
Order  Salamander
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Lower classifications  Smooth newt, Palmate newt, Italian newt

Smooth newt lissotriton vulgaris under water video

Lissotriton is a genus of newts native to Europe and parts of Asia Minor. As most other newts, they are aquatic as larvae and during breeding time but live in terrestrial, humid habitats over the rest of the season.


Lissotriton Smooth Newt Lissotriton vulgaris NatureSpot

These rather small species used to be included in genus Triturus, but phylogenetic analyses demonstrated that genus as paraphyletic. In the following, the name Lissotriton, originally introduced by Thomas Bell in 1839, was reinstated for the small-bodied species related to the type species Lissotriton vulgaris (the smooth newt).

Their exact phylogenetic placement within the newts (subfamily Pleurodelinae) is still uncertain.

A jar full of newts smooth newts lissotriton vulgaris herping 2014


Lissotriton CalPhotos Lissotriton vulgaris vulgaris Smooth Newt

Currently, ten species are listed in Amphibian species of the world – the rank of some of these as species or subspecies is however controversial:

Lissotriton Lissotriton vulgaris1 Karolos Eleftherakos Flickr
  • Lissotriton boscai (Lataste, 1879) – Bosca's newt
  • Lissotriton graecus (Wolterstorff, 1906) – Greek newt
  • Lissotriton helveticus (Razoumovsky, 1789) – Palmate newt
  • Lissotriton italicus (Peracca, 1898) – Italian newt
  • Lissotriton kosswigi (Freytag, 1955)
  • Lissotriton lantzi (Wolterstorff, 1914) – Caucasian smooth newt
  • Lissotriton maltzani (Boettger, 1879)
  • Lissotriton meridionalis (Boulenger, 1882) – Southern smooth newt
  • Lissotriton montandoni (Boulenger, 1880) – Carpathian newt
  • Lissotriton vulgaris (Linnaeus, 1758) – Smooth newt
  • Mate selection

    Lissotriton Lissotriton Wikipedia

    Female mate choice is an important concept in evolutionary biology because it bears on female and male reproductive success. Experiments were carried out with Lissotriton vulgarus in which female newts were paired sequentially with two males having different degrees of genetic relatedness to the female. It was found that the more genetically dissimilar male had a higher paternity share than the less related male. Female choice may reflect an avoidance of inbreeding with related males that could lead to less fit progeny (inbreeding depression).

    Lissotriton Lissotriton vulgaris vulgaris common newt from Thrace Gr Flickr


    Lissotriton Wikipedia