The First Record of Salamandrella (Caudata: Hynobiidae) from the Neogene of Russia

Elena V. Syromyatnikova


The record of the Siberian salamander, Salamandrella, is reported from the Miocene of the Tagay locality (Irkutsk oblast’, Russia). Salamandrella sp. is described based on an almost complete trunk vertebra. The morphology of the vertebra generally corresponds to the modern species of Salamandrella keyserlingii, but differ from it in the shape of centrum, height of neural arch and deeper canal for arteria vertebralis. The described record is the first Neogene record of Salamandrella in Russia and the oldest record of this genus.


Hynobiidae; Miocene; Salamandrella; Siberian salamander; Tagay

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