Neurergus derjugini derjugini (Nesterov, 1916)

Kurdistan newt



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Rhithrotriton derjugini derjugini Nesterov, 1916 (original combination)


Conservation Status

Rediscovered in June 2013



Iran (western)


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Nestrov, P. V. (1916). Three new species of amphibian from Kurdistan. Ann. Mus. Zool. l’Acad. Sci. Petrograd 21: 1-30.


Other references:

Barabanov, A. V. and Litvinchuk, S. N. (2015). A New Record of the Kurdistan Newt (Neurergus derjugini) in Iran and Potential Distribution Modeling for the Species. Russian Journal of Herpetology 22(2): 107-115.

Bozorgi, Farnaz, Kiabi BH, Kami HG, Mohammadi R., Alizadeh K. (2015). Rediscovery of Neurergus derjugini derjugini Nesterov 1916 (Amphibia: Caudata: Salamandridae) in Western Iran. Russian Journal of Herpetology 22(2): 103-106.

Hendrix R. J., Fleck W., Schneider C., Schneider D., Geller A., Olgun A. K., and Steinfart S. (2014). First comprehensive insights into nuclear and mitochondrial DNA based population structure of Near East mountain brook newts (Salamandridae: genus Neurergus) suggest the resurrection of Neurergus derjugini. Amphibia–Reptilia 35(2): 173-187.

Khwarahm, Nabaz R. et al. (2021). Modeling the distribution of the Near Eastern fire salamander (Salamandra infraimmaculata) and Kurdistan newt (Neurergus derjugini) under current and future climate conditions in Iraq. Ecological Informatics 63: 101309. [Abstract]

Mawloudi, Shahriar et al. (2019). Four New Localities for the Endangered Kurdistan Newt Neurergus derjugini (Nesterov, 1916) (Amphibia: Salamandridae) in Kermanshah Province, Western Iran. Russian Journal of Herpetology 26(4): 235-241.

Mawloudi, Shahriar et al. (2022). Two New Localities for Critically Endangered Kurdistan Newt, Neurergus derjugini Nesterov, 1916 (Caudata: Salamandridae) in Kurdistan Province, Western Iran and Problematic Taxonomic Status of this Species. Russian Journal of Herpetology 29(4): 191-198.

Najafimajd, E. and Kaya, U. (2010). A newly found locality of the critically endangered Yellow Spotted Newt Neurergus microspilotus (Nesterov, 1916), nourishes hope for its conservation (Salamandridae: Caudata). Zool. Middle East 51: 51-56.

Schneider, W. and Schneider, C. (2013). Fieldnotes on the distribution of Neurergus derjugini (Nesterov, 1916), Neurergus microspilotus (Nesterov, 1916), and Neurergus kaiseri Schmidt, 1952, in Iran (Caudata: Salamandridae. Herpetozoa 26(1-2): 27-38.

Zarei, Fatah et al. (2017). A new locality of the Kurdistan newt, Neurergus derjugini derjugini (Nesterov, 1916) (Urodela: Salamandridae) represents a large population in Iran: Implication for conservation. Herpetology Notes 10: 611-614.


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