The British Herpetological Society

The Herpetological Journal is the Society's prestigious quarterly scientific journal. Articles are listed in Biological Abstracts, Current Awareness in Biological Sciences,Current Contents, Science Citation Index, and Zoological Record.

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pdf 01. Review of the Smooth newt (Triturus vulgaris) subspecies, including an identification key


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Authors: C. J. Ranworthy

Abstract: A taxonomic revision of the Smooth Newt Triturus vulgaris leads to the recognition or seven subspecies: T. v. vulgaris. T. v. meridionalis. T. v. graecus, T. v. lantzi, T. v. ampelensis, T. v. kosswigi, T. v. schmidtlerorum and T. v. borealis and T. v. tataienis, are considered to be synonyms of T. v. vulgaris. A n identification kev and updated distribution map is prnvicled These subspecies a recognised  by characters which represent non-independent patterns of racial variation, probably· produced as a direct consequence of allopatric divergence in isolated glacial refugia. Based nn the biological species concept there can be no justification in raising these taxonnmic units to species rank

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