Amphibian Specialist Group: The Sharp-ribbed newt

lso known as the sharp-ribbed newt or salamander, Pleurodeles waltl is found in Portugal, Spain and northern Morocco. It is a highly aquatic species, found in scrub, cultivated land and woodland. This newt possesses a distinctive defense mechanism, giving it its name; it is able to pierce it’s ribs through its skin, which can aid in puncturing predators. It is listed as ‘Near Threatened’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species TM. Leer más.