Wenxian knobby newt

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Wenxian knobby newt
Tylototriton wenxianensis (4184022108).jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Urodela
Family: Salamandridae
Genus: Tylototriton
Species: T. wenxianensis
Binomial name
Tylototriton wenxianensis
Fei, Ye, and Yang, 1984

Tylototriton asperrimus wenxianensis Fei, Ye, and Yang, 1984
Yaotriton wenxianensis (Fei, Ye, and Yang, 1984)

The Wenxian knobby newt or Wenxian knobby salamander (Tylototriton wenxianensis) is a species of salamander in the Salamandridae family. It is endemic to central China (southern Gansu and adjacent northern Sichuan, isolated records from Guizhou, Hunan, Jiangxi, and Anhui provinces). Its type locality is Wen County in Gansu, or in Chinese: 文县; pinyin: Wénxiàn, hence the name.[2]


Wenxian knobby newt is a medium-sized representative of Tylototriton. It is dorsally entirely black, and ventrally brownish black. Tips of digits and lower tail margin are orange Skin is rough. Head is flat and oval. Tail is laterally compressed and shorter than snout–vent length.[3]

Habitat and conservation[edit]

Wenxian knobby newt inhabit forests near streams and pools in hilly areas, hiding under rocks. Eggs are laid on land or between water and land; the larvae develop in water.[3]

It is threatened by habitat loss and degradation due to farming and subsistence wood collection.[1]


  1. ^ a b Fei Liang; Ye Changyuan (2004). "Tylototriton wenxianensis". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2004: e.T59488A11935450. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T59488A11935450.en. Retrieved 10 January 2018. 
  2. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2014). "Tylototriton wenxianensis Fei, Ye, and Yang, 1984". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Sparreboom, Max (2014). Salamanders of the Old World: The Salamanders of Europe, Asia and Northern Africa. KNNV Publishing, Zeist, the Netherlands. pp. 380–381. ISBN 978 90 5011 4851.