Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Scientists discover new crocodile newt species in Vietnam

Scientists have discovered a new species of crocodile newt in Vietnam.

Scientists discover new crocodile newt species in Vietnam

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Photo courtesy of Tao Thien Nguyen.

Scientists have discovered a new species of crocodile newt in Vietnam.

Coal-black with orange-tinted toes, the new crocodile newt (in the genus Tylototriton) was determined to be a new species when it showed morphological and genetic differences from near relatives. Despite its remarkable appearance, the researchers say these are typical colors for crocodile newts.

Scientists have named the new species "Ziegler's crocodile newt" after Toby Thomas Ziegler, who works with reptiles and amphibians on behalf of Cologne Zoo.

Crocodile newts are popular in the illegal pet trade and tend to be over-collected because, if a pet is worth having, it's probably worth hoarding. [Mongabay.com, h/t Reddit]

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