Tylototriton verrucosus

A photo series by John Clare

T. verrucosus egg This egg has just been laid.
T. verrucosus embryos These embryos are nearly at mid-gastrula stage.
T. verrucosus embryos Now in very early neurula stage.
T. verrucosus embryos Now in late neurula stage.
T. verrucosus embryos Now in early tailbud stage.
T. verrucosus embryos Now in middle tailbud stage.
T. verrucosus embryos These embryos are 5 days old. You can see the tailbud and gill buds developing.
T. verrucosus embryos These embryos are 6 days old.The embryos have now finished tail bud development.
T. verrucosus embryos These embryos are 7 days old. Some pigmentation is beginning to develop.
T. verrucosus embryos These embryos are 8 days old. Note that the pigment cells are becoming more profuse and the gills and body shape are approaching what one would expect of a larval salamander.
T. verrucosus embryo This embryo is 8 days old. It will hatch within 48 hours.
T. verrucosus embryo This embryo is 10 days old. It is on the verge of hatching.
T. verrucosus hatchling Day 11: just hatched.
T. verrucosus larvae Larvae 1 day after hatching. The larvae often lie on their sides at this stage.
T. verrucosus larva Larva 5 days after hatching. Notice how the front legs are quite apparent now. Feeding began on day 4, after all the yolk was used up.

These photographs were originally posted on the Caudata.org forum.

 

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