IUCN threat status:

Near Threatened (NT)

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Very similar to the Great Crested Newt (Triturus cristatus), but the body is more slender and elongated, especially in females (Wolterstorff Index 34-49%), the head is narrower, the extremities shorter, the dorsal coloration lighter and dark spots more in contrast, the black spots on the belly fused forming larger spots and bands, and the white points on body sides rare or absent. Sexual dimorphism is similar to that of the Great Crested Newt. Dorsal crest in breeding males may extend to the front of the head.


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