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Some Spanish ‘phibians

Home Forums Invertebrates & Other Critters Some Spanish ‘phibians

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    Matt
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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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    Habitats

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    #352535

    Thomas
    Member

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

    #352543

    Matt
    Keymaster

    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

    #352549

    Thomas
    Member

    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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    #352552

    oaken
    Participant

    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).

    #352555

    Matt
    Keymaster

    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.

    #352823

    Matt
    Keymaster

    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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    #352826

    oaken
    Participant

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

    #352830

    Thomas
    Member

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

    #352848

    Matt
    Keymaster

    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. :)

    #352855

    Matt
    Keymaster

    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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    #353811

    Thomas
    Member

    Another spanish ‘phib, the iberian ribbed newt

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    Have you ever caught or seen them in the wild?

    #353944

    Matt
    Keymaster

    No, but it’s one of my missions this spring!

    #353850

    Thomas
    Member

    Smile

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    Not my newt, only a guest :)

    #354006

    Matt
    Keymaster

    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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