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Triturus marmoratus

Triturus marmoratus
Photo Information
Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-07
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/16, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-14 13:44
Viewed: 6573
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello again. Here I show another new friend who apears in autumn in my potable water well.

Triturus marmoratus - Marbled Newt - Tritón jaspeado - Pintiga verde

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Caudata
Family: Salamandridae
Genus: Triturus
Species: T. marmoratus

The Marbled Newt (Triturus marmoratus) is a mainly terrestrial newt native to Europe.

1 Physical description
2 Range and habitat

Physical description
Marbled newts have dark brown or black bodies with irregular patterns of green. They have black bellies with off-white specks. Adult females have an orange stripe running down the back from the head to the tip of the tail. Juveniles also have this stripe, but it fades on males at about 9 months. Breeding males have a large wavy crest that runs from its neck down to the tip of its tail, but is a little bit shorter were the tail meets the body. The crest is striped yellowish-white with black. Adult Marbled Newts are from 5 inches (13 cm) to 6.5 inches (17 cm) long.

Range and habitat
Marbled newts live throughout most of France, and northern Spain west to the top third of Portugal. They have a slight overlap with the Pygmy Marbled Newt (T. pygmaeus), which take over southern Spain. Marbled Newts are absent from a lot of the Pyrenees because of dry and unstable conditions. In northern France the populations are more scattered due to the presence of the Great Crested Newt (t. cristatus), which the Marbled Newt hybridizes with to some extent. The higher elevation Mediterranean climates are the preferred habitat of Marbled Newts, and in the overlap, T. pygmaeus takes the lower elevations.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-07-14 13:53]

Hello Felipe and Cristina!

Long time no see! I'm really glad that you still take photos my friend. This one is something new for me. I've never seen newt except those in zoo. Your specie looks very nice with green spots and brassy line on back.

Hi Felipe,

Incredible and brillant macro of this beauty with nice DOF, impressive POV, wonderful clarity and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice night!


Hello Felipe and Cristina!
Wonderful picture with amazing creature!
I like amphibians a lot, and this photo shows the really beatiful creature :)
I am also very happy that you atarted to present pictures in TN gallery again! I hope that this is a new beggining! :)
All the best from Lodz!

Hi Felipe

Nice to see you back here. An amazing species, we have no newts in Australia so this is completly new to me. I like the POV and sharpness, good composition too.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-07-15 5:28]

Hi Filipe and really nice to see you here again old friend!

I hope you and Cristina are doing well. I haven't heard anything you in quite some time :)

This is a lovely capture from you and a great find - this is a superb species and one that i'd love to have around my house.
The details on its body are very well retained here and the use of the flash made sure you'd get that great contrast on its skin well out, too.
Overall, a lovely capture and post.

Bravo, TFS and best wishes

Buena captura de esta especie tan poco vista por aquí. Buena disposición y gran profundidad. Excelente documento.
Saludos f&c : Josep Ignasi.

What a beautiful newt, love that marbled pattern and coloring Felipe.
The colorful stone it's on really adds well, and I like the 1:2 comp.
It's a great image my friend, nice seeing ya again :)

Hola Felipe y Cristina!
Aprovecho de comentar esta foto, a la cual pude llegar gracias a un comentario de Fleipe en mi más reciente foto de mariposa.
Buen trabajo con este curioso tritón!... la luz es suprema, obviamente gracias a un buen uso del flash. Los colores, son absolutamente naturales. Quizás yo hubiese elegido un POV con más contaco a los ojos de este anfibio. Pero eso es cuestión de gustos! la foto es excelente!
Saludos, Gracias por compartir.

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