Iranodon Dubois and Raffaëlli, 2012

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Hynobiidae > Subfamily: Hynobiinae > Genus: Iranodon
2 species

Paradactylodon Risch, 1984, Alytes, 3: 44. Type species: Batrachuperus gorganensis Clergue-Gazeau and Thorn, 1979. Nomen nudum according to Dubois and Raffaëlli, 2012, Alytes, 28: 114.

Iranodon Dubois and Raffaëlli, 2012, Alytes, 28: 77-161. Type species: Batrachuperus persicus Eiselt and Steiner, 1970, by original designation.

Distribution

Isolated populations in northern Iran. 

Comment

Reformulated in content and removed from the synonymy of Batrachuperus (which would otherwise be polyphyletic) by Zhang, Chen, Zhou, Liu, Wang, Papenfuss, Wake, and Qu, 2006, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 103: 7360-7365, where it had been placed by Reilly, 1987, Amphibia-Reptilia, 8: 283-284. See Thorn and Raffaëlli, 2000, Salamand. Ancien Monde: 107-124, for accounts of most species (as Batrachuperus). Baloutch and Kami, 1995, Amph. Iran: 83, noted an undescribed species (as Batrachuperus) in Iran. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, suggested a phylogenetic placement of and relationships among species of the genus. Chen, Wang, Liu, Xie, and Jiang, 2011, Curr. Zool., Chengdu, 57: 785–805, reported on a tree of 11 protein-coding mtDNA genes that confirmed the distant relationship of Iranodon (as Paradactylodon) and Batrachuperus, placing the former nearer to Ranodon.

Contained taxa (2 sp.):

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