|Taxonomic Notes: Some authors recognize the best-known population of this species as a seprarate species, Paradactylodon gorganensis. Dubois and Raffaelli (2012) Alytes 28: 77-161 consider the creation of the name Paradactylodon to be invalid and offer a substitute name Iranodon. AmphibiaWeb considers Paradactylodon to be a valid name.|
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Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Iran, Islamic Republic of
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Trends and Threats
There is debate over whether Paradactylodon persicus, from the eastern edge of the Hyrcanian Corridor, may be conspecific with Paradactylodon gorganensis, from the western Hyrcanian Corridor. Based on morphometric comparisons of topotypic subadults and larvae of both taxa, as well as comparisons with P. mustersi, Batrachuperus pinchonii, and Ranodon sibiricus, Stöck (1999) thought that P. persicus and P. gorganensis might be clinal variants within the same species. However, Ebrahimi et al. (2004) have pointed out that molecular and cytological data, as well as morphometric assessment of the variation throughout the Hyrcanian corridor, are needed to resolve this taxonomic issue.
Featured in Amazing Amphibians on 4 November 2013 (as Paradactylodon gorganensis).
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Written by Sergius L. Kuzmin (ipe51 AT yahoo.com), Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
First submitted 2000-01-21
Edited by Kellie Whittaker; updated Ann T. Chang (2014-06-23)
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