A Record of the Danube Newt, Triturus dobrogicus, from the Dnepr River Delta (Ukraine)

S. N. Litvinchuk


Two larvae of the Danube newt (Triturus dobrogicus) were collected in Kherson Town (the Dnepr River Delta). This locality is situated about 245 km to the east-north from the closest known records of the species. The distribution of T. dobrogicus and T. cristatus in southern Ukraine is discussed.


Triturus dobrogicus; T. cristatus; Dnepr River; Kherson Province; Ukraine

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