AmphibiaWeb - Tylototriton wenxianensis


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Tylototriton wenxianensis Fei, Ye & Yang, 1984
Wenxian Knobby Newt
Subgenus: Yaotriton
family: Salamandridae
subfamily: Pleurodelinae
genus: Tylototriton
Species Description: Chen X.H., Wang X.W., Tao J. 2010. (in Chinese) A new subspecies of genus Tylototriton from China (Caudata, Salamandridae). Acta Zootaxonomica Sinica/Dong wu fen lei xue bao. Beijing 35: 666–670
Taxonomic Notes: Fei, Ye & Jiang 2012 Colored atlas of Chinese amphibians place this species Yaotriton, consider a subgenus by others.

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AmphibiaChina 中国两栖类.

Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Vulnerable (VU)
CITES Appendix II
National Status None
Regional Status None



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View Bd and Bsal data (2 records).

Tylototriton wenxianensis measures 126-133 mm total length in males, 105-140 mm in females. Head is relatively flattened vertically, with equal length and width. Nostrils are located close to the tip of the snout. No labial folds. Vomerine teeth rows are relatively long, found in / orientation and meet near the inner nasal bone. Jugular folds are very obvious and protruding. Body is cylindrical in shape, with a slightly flattened venter. The skin surface is very rough and covered with uniformly sized bumps. The bumps are somewhat more densely packed at the anterior dorsolateral part of the body; however, this is not very apparent since the size of bumps is constant. Limbs are relatively thin. Toes overlap when limbs are adpressed to the flank. There are four unwebbed toes on each forelimb and five unwebbed toes on each hindlimb. Hands and feet are somewhat flattened, and rounded at the toe tips. Tail length is less than snout-vent length. The tail is flattened vertically with a sharp tip, appears weak, and the tailfin fold is not well defined.

Body and tail are dark brown or black, with conspicuous orange or yellow markings present on the tips of the toes and the ventral tailfin fold. Venter has a lighter tone than the rest of the body.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: China


View distribution map in BerkeleyMapper.
View Bd and Bsal data (2 records).
This species is found in China, in the provinces of Sichuan, Gansu-Wenxian, and Guizhou-Leishan. Tylototriton wenxianensis lives in mountains at 1400 m above sea level, and is typically found in bushes.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
It is a terrestrial species, though it tends to be found near ponds and lakes seasonally during May and June.

Possible reasons for amphibian decline

General habitat alteration and loss
Habitat modification from deforestation, or logging related activities
Intensified agriculture or grazing


Fei, L. and Ye, C. (2001). The Colour Handbook of the Amphibians of Sichuan. Chinese Forestry Publishing House, Beijing.

Originally submitted by: Michael Li (first posted 2000-02-09)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2008-11-26)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Tylototriton wenxianensis: Wenxian Knobby Newt <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Dec 6, 2023.

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