NatureScot Commissioned Report 570: Nativeness of great crested newts (Triturus cristatus) in the Scottish Highlands
Populations of great crested newt (Triturus cristatus) in the Scottish Highlands (Inverness area) are separated by over 80 km of unfavourable habitat from their main distribution, and it was thought possible that they had been introduced. Using genetic techniques, NatureScot and the University of Salford have worked in partnership to investigate the origin of great crested newts in the Scottish Highlands.
Our findings suggest that the great crested newt is indeed a species native to the Scottish Highlands. This information will be used to help us to protect this animal at the north-western edge of its world distribution.
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