Atlantal Vertebrae of Tailed Amphibians of Russia and Adjacent Countries

Vyacheslav Yu. Ratnikov, Spartak N. Litvinchuk

Abstract


Morphology of atlantal vertebrae of four species of the family Hynobiidae (Onychodactylus fischeri, Ranodon sibiricus, Salamandrella keyserlingii, and Salamandrella schrenkii) and nine species of the family Salamandridae (Lissotriton montandoni, Lissotriton vulgaris, Mertensiella caucasica, Mesotriton alpestris, Ommatotriton ophryticus, Salamandra salamandra, Triturus cristatus, Triturus dobrogicus, and Triturus karelinii) were studied. Analysis of variation of vertebrae of these species and systematic descriptions of these species are given. Our comparative analysis revealed that all species studied have peculiarities which allow diagnosing them.

Keywords


atlantal vertebra; morphology; Hynobiidae; Salamandridae; Caudata

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.30906/1026-2296-2019-16-%25s-57-68

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