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1 December 2009 Morphological Variation in Pachytriton labiatus and a Re-Assessment of the Taxonomic Status of P. granulosus (Amphibia: Urodela: Salamandridae)
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Variation in relation to age and sex in a population of Pachytriton labiatus from Mt. Huangshan, Anhui Province, China was examined. There appeared to be distinct morphological variation among age/sex groups. We suggest that some of this variation is associated with ecology and behavior. Examination of the newt species from the type locality and nearby localities of Pachytriton granulosus (=Pingia granulosa), a taxonomically problematic species, revealed that this taxon was almost indistinguishable from juvenile P. labiatus. We therefore conclude that P. granulosus is a junior synonym of P. labiatus.

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Kanto Nishikawa, Jian-Ping Jiang, Masafumi Matsui, and Cang-Song Chen "Morphological Variation in Pachytriton labiatus and a Re-Assessment of the Taxonomic Status of P. granulosus (Amphibia: Urodela: Salamandridae)," Current Herpetology 28(2), 49-64, (1 December 2009). https://doi.org/10.3105/018.028.0202
Accepted: 1 July 2009; Published: 1 December 2009
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