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Luristan Newt

Luristan newt is a species of salamander endemic to Iran. The colorful animal is terrestrial barring the breeding season.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Amphibia
    Order Caudata
    Family Salamandridae
    Genus Neurergus
    Scientific Name Neurergus kaiseri

    Other Names Kaiser’s spotted newt, emperor spotted newt
    Size 10 to 14 cm
    Color Black upper surface with pale white spots and sometimes have very light orange to yellow coloration; red-orange to orange  underside with black and white markings on the back and underside
    Distribution Iran
    Habitat Highland streams surrounded by arid scrubland, open woodlands, also inhabits ponds and pools; lives in the surrounding areas of the water bodies outside of the breeding season
    Diet Invertebrates
    Hibernation Fact Undergoes estivation
    Breeding Season March – April
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size Up to 60 eggs
    Metamorphosis Period 3 to 4 months
    Reproductive Age 2 to 4 years of age
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on March 27th 2017 by under Newts. Article was last reviewed on 30th September 2019.

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