Taxonomic Status of Triturus karelinii on the Balkans, with Some Comments about Other Crested Newt Taxa

Spartak N. Litvinchuk, Leo J. Borkin, G. Džukić, M. L. Kalezić, M. D. Khalturin, Jury M. Rosanov


Genome size, protein variation and morphological characteristics of three crested newt species (Triturus cristatus, T. dobrogicus, and T. karelinii) have been studied from Serbia and from the eastern parts of the species ranges. The Serbian samples of T. karelinii are distinct from other populations of the species, and we recognize the Balkan newts as a new subspecies, T. k. arntzeni n. ssp. The Serbian samples of T. dobrogicus and T. cristatus are characterized by an introgression of genes of other members of the T. cristatus superspecies.


Salamandridae; Triturus cristatus superspecies; Taxonomy; Genome size; Protein variation; Morphology; Hybridization; Yugoslavia; Triturus karelinii arntzeni; ssp. nov.

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