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Total length to 116 mm for males (average 96.28 mm), 123 mm for females (average 100.34 mm). Head oval when viewed from above and about 1/8 of the total length. Snout rounded and with a slight overbite, especially in males. Adult males have a mental gland on the chin. Tail oval in cross section and slightly less than half the total length. Trunk square in cross section, with 13 costal grooves. Limbs well developed, hind legs slightly longer than front legs. Front feet with 4, hind feet with 5 flattened digits. Coloration as in other Hydromantes species highly variable. Base color from light brown to black. A dark V, inverted V or X may be present in the neck. Markings consist forther of spotted, blotched, striped or reticulated pattern. Pattern may be in red, yellow, gray or green and these colors can occur on the same animal, often with a metallic sheen (Boehme et al 1999).

H. ambrosii has recently been subject to reevaluation (Nascetti et al 1996). The validity of the hitherto recognised 5 subspecies is questionable in light of these recent genetic studies (Boehme et al 1999).

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