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Very similar to the Great Crested Newt (Triturus cristatus), but body longer and more robust (Wolterstorff Index in females 52-75%), head relatively longer and wider, vomerine tooth series considerably curved and divergent posteriorly, throat yellow with black spots and without white points. Similarto some Great Crested Newts, the black spots on the belly merge, and a part of the belly becomes completely black. Male dorsal crest not notched as deeply, frequently no clear gap in the dorsal crest on the tailbase. Females frequently with narrow, yellow middorsal stripe. The value of the Wolterstorff Index seems to be subject to geographic variation.