Identification of Newts

January 12, 2018 | Author: Anonymous | Category: Science, Biology, Zoology, Entomology
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Identification of Newts (Urodeles) in the UK • Three native species

one sp. highly protected

• Two introduced species well-established

Native Newts • • • •

Smooth newt Lissotriton vulgaris Palmate newt Lissotriton helveticus Great crested newt Triturus cristatus …also eggs and larvae

Alien Newts • Alpine newt Mesotriton alpestris • Italian crested newt Triturus carniflex • Other aliens only rare escapes

Report aliens at www.alienencounters.org.uk

Smaller Newts (MALES): Smooth Newt

Smaller Newts (MALES): Palmate Newt Male does not develop crest – but rather a low ridge running along the back

Smaller Newts (MALES): Palmate Newt

Tail filament

Wide black webbing on hind feet

Smaller Newts (MALES): comparing feet Male smooth newts in peak condition can develop skin flaps around hind toes – never as wide as a palmate’s

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