Observed by Nicky butler of NERAG as part of the Derwent Valley Bio-blitz
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Why do you think this is a smooth newt?
Based on the NBN distribution map smooth newt are absent from your area.
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There is an atlas of the amphibians of the north east (from 2008) which shows smooth newts in this area. The shape of the head and the stripes on the head suggest a smooth newt to me, which is why I agreed, but I could be swayed...
I would have agreed with Matt and said I could not tell from the picture. I'd wondered if the people at the BioBlitz who had seen the real thing had observed something we can not see in the picture, i.e. the underside.
Sounds like the usual issue of records not making it to the records centres and subsequently to the NBN . . but don't get me on that hobby-horse!
Perhaps you are right about the folks who saw the real thing knowing more about the observation. This is one of the problems with I-Spot at times, people find something, examine it and then post it as XXX when you just can't be certain of the ID'd from the single picture.
I work on the assumption that the picture is all there is, if I can't see the required bits in the picture it gets "marked down". If this observation were submitted to me while I was wearing my County Recorder hat, then it would go down as "indet newt sp" on my database.
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