The paddle-tail newt (Pachytriton labiatus
) is an amphibian native to southeastern China.
- The paddle-tail newt lives in streams and is characterized by its long, paddle-shaped tail used for propulsion.
- Pachytriton species are stout-bodied, smooth-skinned aquatic newts. Their heads are large and flattened, and they have conspicuous labial folds and short, stubby legs and toes.
The head, back, and tail of P.
labiatus range in color from light brown and are covered in yellow spots. The underbelly color varies considerably, from a very light brown to a solid black. Breeding males may develop bluish-white spots on the tail.
- Pachytriton spp. are known for their aggressive and territorial behavior, seen mainly in males, but occasionally in females, as well. P. labiatus is an aggressive hunter and feeder. It is carnivorous and will eat worms, insects, and small fish.
- P.labiatus is native to the freshwater streams of southeastern China, and it thrives in cool, clean water high in oxygen. Current distribution is shrinking, most likely due to pollution and human encroachment on habitat. It is almost exclusively aquatic, though it will leave the water if bullied by a more aggressive individual.
- Animals are dark brown to light yellow on the dorsal side in life. Ventral color is lighter to even bright orange.