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On the presence of the Danube crested newt, Triturus dobrogicus, at Durankulak Lake, Bulgaria

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Author(s): Iulian GHERGHEL | Alexandru IFTIME

Journal: North-Western Journal of Zoology
ISSN 1584-9074

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 209;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Triturus dobrogicus | new limit of distribution | Bulgaria | Durankulak

ABSTRACT
The Danube crested newt, Triturus dobrogicus, was known to be distributed in the Pannonian Basin, along the lower Danube and from the Danube Delta to the Dnepr Delta. Based on the discovery of three specimens in the collection of the “Grigore Antipa” National Museum of Natural History, Bucharest, Romania, we report a new record of Triturus dobrogicus from Lake Durankulak. This location in the north-east of Bulgaria, the Black Sea littoral region, is far outside the previously known range, and therefore establishes a new south-eastern limit for the distribution of this species. The possibility of introgressive hybridization with Triturus karelinii is discussed.
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