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This is a discussion on White danube crested within the Eurasian Newts (Triturus, former Triturus, Calotriton & Euproctus).. forums, part of the Species, Genus & Family Discussions category; Hello, I have had about a thousand danube crested hatch so far this season, and I noticed about ten are ...

Eurasian Newts (Triturus, former Triturus, Calotriton & Euproctus).. Triturus and its relatives (Ichthyosaura/Mesotriton, Lissotriton, and Ommatotriton) are a diverse and widespread group of newts. While mainly European, several species can be found in the Near and Middle East. Euproctus, the brook newts, are confined to Corsica and Sardinia.

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Hello,

I have had about a thousand danube crested hatch so far this season, and I noticed about ten are white. They are about an inch at the moment, I can not tell if they are all white or if all just very pale. They certainly are not albino.

Din anyone else have this experience?

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I've never had white larvae but I do occasionally get dark ones. As larvae they are much darker and do not have any reflective eye pigment. The few I raised to morphing never developed any belly color, and were generally much darker than normal individuals. I suspect they were melanistic. They were unfortunately not as robust as normal morphs. I had one dark male make it to adult hood but it died after two years and the females that bred with it had much lower fertility. I hope your animals are healthier than my weird aberrant color morphs.

Any updates on your larvae?



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