Pachytriton Boulenger, 1878

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Salamandridae > Subfamily: Pleurodelinae > Genus: Pachytriton
9 species

Pachytriton Boulenger, 1878, Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 3: 72. Type species: Triton brevipes Sauvage, 1877, by monotypy.

Pingia Chang, 1935, Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 60: 425. Type species: Pachytriton granulosus Chang, 1933, by monotypy. Synonymy by implication of Nishikawa, Jiang, Matsui, and Mo, 2011, Zool. Sci., Tokyo, 28: 453–461.

English Names

Chinese Newts (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 35).

Stout Newts (Fei and Ye, 2016, Amph. China, 1: 320). 


Southeastern China.


Chan, Zamudio, and Wake, 2001, Copeia, 2001: 997–1009. suggested that Pachytriton is the sister taxon of Paramesotriton. Thorn and Raffaëlli, 2000, Salamand. Ancien Monde: 336-340, provided accounts. Fei, Ye, Huang, Jiang, and Xie, 2005, in Fei et al. (eds.), Illust. Key Chinese Amph.: 45-46, provided a key to the species of China. Weisrock, Papenfuss, Macey, Litvinchuk, Polymeni, Ugurtas, Zhao, Jowkar, and Larson, 2006, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 41: 855–857, found Pachytriton to be in a monophyletic group with Cynops and Paramesotriton. Steinfartz, Vicario, Arntzen, and Caccone, 2007, J. Exp. Zool., 308B: 139–142, found Pachytriton to be the sister taxon of Paramesotriton. See comment under Paramesotriton to literature that does not confirm this relationship. Wu, Wang, and Hanken, 2012, Zootaxa, 3388: 1–16, commented on species taxonomy in the group. Wu, Wang, and Hanken, 2012, Asian Herpetol. Res., Ser. 2, 3: 83–102, reported on the comparative osteology of the species. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 168–171, provided brief accounts, photographs, and range maps for the species. Wu and Murphy, 2015, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 92: 108–117, reported on the phylogenetics and status of the members of the Pachytriton brevipes group.  Fei and Ye, 2016, Amph. China, 1: 320–348, provided account, photographs, and range maps for the species. 

Contained taxa (9 sp.):

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