Neurergus kaiseri Schmidt, 1952

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Salamandridae > Subfamily: Pleurodelinae > Genus: Neurergus > Species: Neurergus kaiseri

Neurergus crocatus kaiseri Schmidt, 1952, Nat. Hist. Misc., 93: 1. Holotype: ZMUC 03184, by original designation. Type locality: "Shah Bazan, Luristan, Iran", Zagros Mountains, 1200 meters, from 10 to 15 km south of the junction of the Ab-I-Cesar and Ab-I-Diz rivers. Museum records give locality as "Locality 70: 'Good Springs' 11km N of Shah Bazan, 8 km SW of junction with Ab-i-Diz and Ab-i-Cezar river" (personal commun., H. Kristensen, 24 Nov. 2010).

Neurergus crocatus kaiseriThorn, 1968, Salamand. Eur. Asie Afr. Nord: 273.

Neurergus kaiseriSchmidtler and Schmidtler, 1970, Senckenb. Biol., 51: 49; Schmidtler and Schmidtler, 1975, Salamandra, 11: 93.

Neurergus (Neurergus) kaiseriDubois and Raffaëlli, 2009, Alytes, 26: 54, 66.

English Names

Luristan Newt (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 32; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 35).

Lorestan (Mountain) Newt (Baloutch and Kami, 1995, Amph. Iran: 96).

Kaiser's (Lorestan) Mountain Newt (Safaei-Mahroo, Ghaffari, Fahimi, Broomand, Yazdanian, Najafi-Majd, Hosseinian Yousefkani, Rezazadeh, Hosseinzadeh, Nasrabadi, Rajabizadeh, Mashayekhi, Motesharei, Naderi, and Kazemi, 2015, Asian Herpetol. Res., 6: 267).

Distribution

Southern Zagros Mountains of western Iran, possibly to be found in adjacent Iraq or Turkey.

Comment

Schmidt, 1955, Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Naturhist. Foren., 117: 193-197, provided an augmented description. Schmidtler and Schmidtler, 1970, Senckenb. Biol., 51: 49, and Schmidtler and Schmidtler, 1975, Salamandra, 11: 93, showed Neurergus kaiseri to be a distinct species. Thorn and Raffaëlli, 2000, Salamand. Ancien Monde: 347, and Baloutch and Kami, 1995, Amph. Iran: 96-98, provided accounts. Raffaëlli, 2007, Les Urodèles du Monde: 119, provided a brief account, map, and photograph. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 604. Sharifi, Rastegar-Pouyani, Akmali, and Narenji, 2008, Russ. J. Herpetol., 15: 169-172, detailed the range and habitat. Özdemir, Üzüm, Avci, and Olgun, 2009, Herpetologica, 65: 280-291, suggested that Neurergus kaiseri is the sister taxon of Neurergus microspilotusRaffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 141–142, provided a brief account, photo, and map.

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