Italian newt

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Italian newt
Lissotriton italicus.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Caudata
Family: Salamandridae
Genus: Lissotriton
Species: L. italicus
Binomial name
Lissotriton italicus
(Peracca, 1898)

The Italian newt (Lissotriton italicus) is a species of salamander in the Salamandridae family found only in Italy. Its natural habitats are temperate forests, temperate shrubland, Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, freshwater lakes, intermittent freshwater lakes, freshwater marshes, intermittent freshwater marshes, arable land, pastureland, rural gardens, water storage areas, ponds, and canals and ditches. It is threatened by habitat loss. It was formerly known as Triturus italicus, but was relocated to the Lissotriton genus after Triturus was split.


The Italian newt is more common in southern areas, and rarer in the northern parts of Italy.