Lissotriton lantzi (Wolterstorff, 1914)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Salamandridae > Subfamily: Pleurodelinae > Genus: Lissotriton > Species: Lissotriton lantzi

Triton vulgaris subsp. typica forma lantzi Wolterstorff, 1914, Abh. Ber. Mus. Nat. Heimatkd. Magdeburg, 2: 375. Syntypes: MM; destroyed in W.W.II. Type Localities: "Novorossiisk", "Borjan (Boshan)", "Poti", and "Borjom (Borshom)", northwestern section of Caucasus Mountains, Georgia. Placed on Official List of Specific Names in Zoology (and validated) by Opinion 642, Anonymous, 1962, Bull. Zool. Nomencl., 19: 280.

Molge vulgaris lantziNikolskii, 1918, Fauna Rossii, Zemnovodnye: 231.

Triturus vulgaris vulgaris forma lantziHerre, 1933, Zool. Anz., 104: 191.

Triturus vulgaris lantziKrasavtsev, 1940, Trudy Voroshilovskogo gosudarstvennogo Pedagogicheskogo Instituta, 2: 166-192. Terentjev and Chernov, 1936, Brief Guide Amph. Rept. USSR: 60.

Lissotriton lantziDubois and Raffaëlli, 2009, Alytes, 26: 40.

Lissotriton (Lissotriton) (vulgaris) lantziDubois and Raffaëlli, 2009, Alytes, 26: 66.

English Names

Caucasian Smooth Newt (Steward, 1969, Tailed Amph. Eur.: 40).


Northeastern coast of the Black Sea in Russia south and east through Georgia, to northern Armenia and eastern to southeastern Azerbaijan, into extreme northeastern Turkey (see comment).


Tuniyev, 1999, Adv. Amph. Res. Former Soviet Union, 3: 50-51, discussed the status of Triturus vulgaris lantzi. Dubois and Raffaëlli, 2009, Alytes, 26: 40, discussed their reasoning for recognizing this as a species distinct from Lissotriton vulgaris. See comment under Lissotriton vulgaris. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 122, provided a brief account, photo, and map. Wielstra, Bozkurt, and Olgun, 2015, ZooKeys, 484: 11–23, discussed the range and questioned the validity of records from Azerbaijan and Armenia. Skorinov, Doronin, Kidov, Tuniyev, and Litvinchuk, 2014, Russ. J. Herpetol., 21: 251–268, reported on the distribution and conservation status and who suggested that the species is extinct in Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Armenia. 

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