Scientific name Neurergus
Higher classification Salamandridae
|Lower classifications Kaiser's spotted newt, Yellow‑spotted newt, Strauch's spotted newt, Kurdistan spotted newt|
Neurergus is a genus of salamanders, more specifically newts, in the Salamandridae family. They are found in the Middle East (predominately in Turkey and Iran), and are bred in captivity for their bright colors. In nature, they inhabit streams and small rivers, and the surrounding forests or shrublands. All of the Neurergus are considered threatened species, primarily due to destruction of habitat.
Neurergus crocatus feeding
Generally, Neurergus species are dark-colored (brown to black) above, with a pattern of white to yellow to orange spots and lines. On their ventral sides, the lighter color of their spots becomes a solid color. Like most salamanders, they have five toes on their hind feet.
Studies have demonstrated the genus Neurergus is monophyletic. It contains these species: