Kaiser's spotted newt
|Kaiser's spotted newt|
Neurergus crocatus ssp. kaiseri Schmidt, 1952
Kaiser's spotted newt (Neurergus kaiseri), also known as the Luristan newt or emperor spotted Newt (not to be confused with Tylototriton shanjing), is a species of very colourful salamanders in the Salamandridae family. It is endemic to the southern Zagros Mountains in Iran. It is primarily found in highland streams surrounded by arid scrubland, but can also be found in ponds and pools. Water is absent from its habitat for a significant part of the year, during which this species is known to estivate. It is considered critically endangered due to its tiny range (it inhabits an area of less than 10 km2), continuing habitat loss, and the illegal capture of salamanders for the wild animal trade. By January, 2013, all Kaiser's newts were gone from the wild, and only live in captivity.
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