IUCN threat status:

Critically Endangered (CR)

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This salamander has 14 costal groves. Vomerine teeth in two small, arched, transverse rows between the choanae, nearly touching at the midline. Snout broadly rounded; interorbital distance 1.2 times the internasal distance. Limbs well-developed; digits overlapped when adpressed; 4 fingers and 4 toes. Tips of the digits covered with a brown horny epidermis not extending onto the soles and palms. The caudal fin fold begins posterior to hind legs, is highest about 2/3 of the way back. Tail slightly shorter than body. Coloration dark olive-brown to yellowish olive, indistinctly speckled with tiny pigmented dots. The belly is lighter, with fewer dots.

When the situation in Afghanistan will allow to start any conservation programs, this species deserves immediate and efficient measures for protection.


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