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Ommatotriton ophryticus

Taxon: Ommatotriton ophryticus
Author: Natalia Bulbulashvili
Comment: Triala lake, X.2021
Uploaded by: Armen_Seropian

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Scientific Name ID: 132
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Species: ophryticus
Taxon Rank: Species
Scientific Name Authorship: Berthold, 1846
Vernacular Name: Northern banded newt
Georgian Name: მცირეაზიური ტრიტონი
GBD Remarks:

Ommatotriton is a distinct taxon with a limited Asia Minor and Caucasian distribution. Recent genetic data suggest that it does not build a monophyletic group with other newts formerly included in the genus Triturus. Outgroup of Ommatotriton is a wide-spread W Palaearctic group Triturus cristatus-T.marmoratus (genus Triturus s.str), separated from Ommatotriton over 10 MYBP (Zajc & Arntzen, 1999). Ommatotriton comprises of two species - O. vittatus from the Middle East and O. ophryticus  from the western half of the Caucasus Isthmus and southern coast of the Black Sea.

The species is common in Georgia. It inhabits mountain forest belt and alpine grasslands close to the upper timberline. Any kind of stagnant and slowly running waters. Breeding in April-June, some males stay in water throughout the year. Female deposits up to several hundreds of eggs wrapping them in live or fallen grasses and water plants. Male crest is higher than in any other newts.

Page Authors: David Tarkhnishvili ,
Reference of occurrence in Georgia: D. Tarkhnishvili & R. Gokhelashvili, 1999. The Amphibians of the Caucasus. Pensoft, Sofia.

Conservation Status

This section is under construction

National Red List Status of have not been evaluated