Discovering a Population of Tylototriton verrucosus (Caudata: Salamandridae) from Thailand: Implications for Conservation

  • Porrawee Pomchote Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, THAILAND
  • Wichase Khonsue Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, THAILAND
  • Pitak Sapewisut Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200, THAILAND
  • Koshiro Eto Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History, Fukuoka 805–0071, JAPAN
  • Kanto Nishikawa Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606–8501, JAPAN
Keywords: conservation, cryptic species, newt, Thailand, Tylototriton verrucosus

Abstract

The Asian newt genus Tylototriton, is the only urodelan genus currently recorded in Thailand. For a long time in the past, T. verrucosus was the sole known urodelan species found in Thailand, but was recently shown to be comprised of three cryptic species, T. uyenoi, T. anguliceps, and T. panhai.  However, in our molecular study, the newts from Doi Chang, Chiang Rai Province were different from these three recognized Tylototriton species, and nested within the clade of T. verrucosus from China. They also had morphological traits similar to T. verrucosus. These results lead to the confirmation of the existence of T. verrucosus in Thailand. The habitats of T. verrucosus need to be protected by future conservation plans.

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2020-02-20
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Pomchote, P., Khonsue, W., Sapewisut, P., Eto, K., & Nishikawa, K. (2020). Discovering a Population of Tylototriton verrucosus (Caudata: Salamandridae) from Thailand: Implications for Conservation. Tropical Natural History, 20(1), 1-15. Retrieved from https://li01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/tnh/article/view/210006
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