Paramesotriton deloustali (Bourret, 1934)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Salamandridae > Subfamily: Pleurodelinae > Genus: Paramesotriton > Species: Paramesotriton deloustali

Mesotriton deloustali Bourret, 1934, Annexe Bull. Gen. Instr. Publique, Hanoi, 1934: 84. Syntypes: Not stated; LZUH 226, 228, 257, and 287 according to Brame, 1972, Checklist Living & Fossil Salamand. World (Unpubl. MS): 66; these now MNHNP 1935.119, and possibly MNHNP 1935.120, 1948.110-111 according to Thireau, 1986, Cat. Types Urodeles Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat., Rev. Crit.: 28-29; Guibé, 1950 "1948", Cat. Types Amph. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat.: 9, reported MNHNP 1935.119 as a 'paratype'. Bour, Ohler, and Dubois, 2009, Alytes, 26: 153-166, discussed the tortured literature history and related errors and concluded that MNHNP 1935.119-120 and 1948.110 are unquestionably syntypes of which they designated 1935.119 as lectotype. Type locality: "Tam-Dao, à 900 m d'altitude", Tonkin, Vietnam; corrected to "the torrent of the hill station of Tam Dao (. . . ), province of Vinh Phuc, Vietnam (at an altitute of approximately 900 meters . . .".

Pachytriton deloustaliChang, 1935, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Ser. 2, 7: 95.

Paramesotriton deloustaliChang, 1935, Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 60: 425.

Paramesotriton (Paramesotriton) deloustaliDubois and Raffaëlli, 2009, Alytes, 26: 49, 65.

English Names

Vietnam Warty Newt (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 35).

Tam Dao Newt (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 33).

Vietnamese Salamander (Nguyen, Ho, and Nguyen, 2005, Checklist Amph. Rept. Vietnam: 9).

Tam Dao Salamander (Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 605).


Montane regions of northern Vietnam in the provinces of Lao Cai, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Bac Kan, Quang Ninh and Vinh Phuc, 600–1900 m elevations; expected in adjacent Yunnan, China.


See accounts by Bourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 148-150; and Thorn and Raffaëlli, 2000, Salamand. Ancien Monde: 331-334. Orlov, Murphy, Ananjeva, Ryabov, and Ho, 2002, Russ. J. Herpetol., 9: 100, commented on the range. Nguyen, Ho, and Nguyen, 2005, Checklist Amph. Rept. Vietnam: 147, provided a photograph. Raffaëlli, 2007, Les Urodèles du Monde: 132-133, provided a brief account, figure, and map. 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: 605. Nguyen, Nguyen, Hồ, Lê, and Nguyen, 2009, Tạp chí Công nghệ Sinh học, 7: 325-333, reported on the species in Vietnam. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 161, provided a brief account, range map, and photograph and suggested that the population reported from Lao Cai, Vietnam, represents and unnamed species. 

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