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Amphibians of Thailand

Species of Thailand

Chiang Mai newt

In Thai: กะท่างเหนือ

Binomial name: Tylototriton uyenoi, Kanto Nishikawa, Wichase Khonsue, Porrawee Pomchote & Masafumi Matsui, 2013

Tylototriton uyenoi, the Chiang Mai crocodile newt, is a newt endemic to Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. It was distinguished from Tylototriton shanjing, the emperor newt, in 2013. The species was named in honor of herpetologist Shun-ichi Ueno. T. uyenoi is one of the few salamander species endemic to Thailand.

Description

Tylototriton uyenoi bears a prominent ridge on its back, flanked by two rows of raised bumps; the head bears parallel ridges. These features are coloured orange, while the rest of the body is brownish black. Juveniles appear to be somewhat more highly coloured. Individuals reach an average length of 75–79 mm.

Distribution

The species occurs only in Chiang Mai Province, where it has been recorded in Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary and Doi Inthanon National Park.

Ecology

The species appears to be a generalist predator, feeding on a variety of arthropods and snails. Breeding has been reported from May to July.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Amphibia
Order
Urodela
Family
Salamandridae
Genus
Tylototriton
Species
Tylototriton uyenoi

Common names

  • English:
    • Crocodile salamander
    • Himalayan newt
  • Thai:
    • กะท่างเหนือ
    • จักก่าน้ำ
    • จักกิ้มน้ำ
    • กระท่าง

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Range Map

Distribution map of Chiang Mai newt, Tylototriton uyenoi in Thailand
Range map of Tylototriton uyenoi in Thailand