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Non breeding Lissotriton sp

Observed: 31st December 2012 By: orchid_b
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Description:

Found just inside back door on New Year's Eve. I am still struggling with these, despite some very helpful photos posted on Ispot. This has a lightly spotted throat and no obvious dorsal orange stripe. I think it is an adult male Palmate as that is what breeds in my pond, but the throat may indicate Smooth?

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Smooth Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) interacts

Comments

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markings

My comment about "orange and black" markings refers to the marks under the tail. The orange dorsal strip is a character found in juveniles, this is an adult.

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Thanks Matt. Can you tell the

Thanks Matt. Can you tell the sex of this individual?

So I have Smooth Newts in winter and Palmates in the pond in spring. I must try and find where the Smooth Newts breed!.

Jamie from Briantspuddle

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Sex

See my original comment in the ID portion - this is a male in non-breeding getup.

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