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Some Spanish 'phibians
January 7, 2014
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Here are some photos of critters from the Lakes of Covadonga in Asturias, northern Spain, which were actually taken in August 2012 but I'd completely forgotten about them!

Ichthyosaura alpestris (cyreni) - terrestrial phase

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Alytes obstetricans

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Lissotriton helveticus (helveticus)

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January 7, 2014
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Very nice! No Triturus pygmaeus or marmoratus there? Or are they located more in southern spain?

January 7, 2014
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Think this might have been too high for T. marmoratus (?); the lakes are at more than 1100 metres above sea level) but it does occur at lower altitudes in Asturias. We do have that species here in Catalunya as well butT. pygmaeus is strictly a southern species. When you come to take your Cobitis we can go to see T. marmoratus, Salamandra and stuff if you like. Wink

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January 9, 2014
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When you come to take your Cobitis

I must warn you, I want "river Tormes paludica" as well Laugh, sadly this river is very far away from barca

 

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January 9, 2014
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Nice pictures. Looks like a lovely place! Thought the name helveticus was a bit funny at first, but after I googled it it made more sense (the Swedish word helvete means hell).

January 11, 2014
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Thomas, we passed that river on our way to these mountains! If only I'd known...Yell

It is a wonderful place Gustav - the only way up is by a pretty scary bus ride but apart from that it's all good.

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February 22, 2014
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Some pics taken last night in the comarca of Alt Empordà, around the Spanish/French border. A slightly disappointing evening as most places were very dry.

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Triturus marmoratus - nuptial male.

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Discoglossus pictus (auritus)

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February 22, 2014
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Cool! Did you go there just to check out the amphibians or are there fishy reasons to go there as well?

February 23, 2014
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Cool Matt, I'm not a big fan of the crested newt group, but I like the marmoratus and pygmaeus. :)

March 3, 2014
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I was helping a classmate collect Discoglossus for a project investigating its range expansion in Spain - it's invasive here. Unfortunately it was so dry we only saw the one specimen. Good excuse to go back in a few weeks. :)

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March 4, 2014
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Visited Barcelona zoo's Calotriton arnoldi breeding project today. :) This is the Montseny brook newt and is probably the most endangered amphibian in Europe. Pic quality not great - through two panes of glass and not much light.

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December 10, 2014
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Another spanish 'phib, the iberian ribbed newt

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Have you ever caught or seen them in the wild?

January 2, 2015
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No, but it's one of my missions this spring!

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January 3, 2015
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Smile

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Not my newt, only a guest :)

January 19, 2015
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Handsome chap. :) First try to look for this species in two weeks. Hope to find T. pygmaeus and some other stuff, too.

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May 26, 2015
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Managed quite a few nocturnal excursions this spring - most of the following pics were taken in March/early April.

'Abrevadero' on the lower slopes of El Torcal, where Bufo spinosus (Iberian lineage of common toad) breeds.

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 Bufo spinosus - Río Campillos basin, Málaga

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 Pelophlax perezi (Iberian water frog) - Río Campillos

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 Hyla meridionalis (Mediterranean tree frog) - Río Campillos

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June 18, 2015
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Some more...

Triturus pygmaeus (southern marbled newt) - Los Alcorconales natural park, Cádiz province

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Discoglossus jeanneae (Spanish painted frog) - Los Alcorconales

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 Habitat of Pelophylax perezi, Hyla meridionalis, Epidalea calamita (Los Alcorconales)

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Pelophylax perezi

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Hyla meridionalis calling

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Epidalea calamita (natterjack toad) and larvae in a temporary puddle

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September 10, 2015
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Some more, all from Los Alcorconales natural park.

Nice reddish form of Bufo spinosus

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 More Epidalea calamita, also slightly reddish.

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 Huuuuge mama Bufo spinosus.

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Pelodytes ibericus (Iberian parsley frog)

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 Hyla meridionalis amplexus.

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 Young Salamandra salamandra longirostris (Baetic fire salamander).

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September 10, 2015
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Love the big mamma bufo!

November 5, 2015
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I have seen captive breed I. a. cyreni at the annual newt meeting last month. And other subspecies of the alpine newt like apuanus, reiseri and veluchiensis. Sadly no Lissotriton.

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