Cryptotriton sierraminensis — Overview

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Average sized for genus (SL 16.08–35.43 mm, mean 26.74 mm), with very large ovoid nostrils and a long, thin tail. Distinguished unambiguously from all other Cryptotriton species by its bright yellow ventral color in life (vs. a dark uniform gray venter and pale mottled gular region in its sister taxon, Cryptotriton veraepacis). A dark line running from the eye toward the forelimb insertion is usually present in C. sierraminensis, but usually lacking in C. veraepacis. The dorsum of C. sierraminensis is a medium reddish brown with numerous golden brown to tan patches, which continue onto the dorsal surface of the tail, forming an irregular jagged stripe that extends posteriorly for most of the length of the tail. The ventral surface of the tail is brown-gray with numerous pale flecks. The venter is a striking bright yellow in the center, and gray with pale flecks surrounding the yellow areas. This coloration extends onto the gular region, with less extensive small yellow blotches on a gray background with pale flecks.

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