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Old 29th December 2015   #3
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Default Re: My new fire salamanders (probably Salamandra salamandra salamandra)

Hello schmiggle how are your little ones doing? I've been thinking about salamandra subspecies identification quite a lot recently and I find it very perplexing. I have a line of fastuosa which look like true representatives of the subspecies. However, reading some of the specialist field guides eg 'The tailed amphibians of Europe' by Steward, I get an uneasy feeling as the description does not match reality.
Take a look at this
FR September-November 2007 France Switzerland Italy Spain Portugal
you will need to scroll down. There is massive variation within a subspecies which is more marked than variation even between different subspecies. Then, there's the issue of off-Spring resulting from parents of different subspecies.
I wonder if anyone has confidence in this.
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