This volume is an extended new edition of Fotoatlas der Amphibienlarven Deutschlands (Thiesmeier 2014). It includes the revision and addition as well as corrections of text and photos from the previous edition, expanded with newly added species and subspecies from Austria and Switzerland. These include the Danube crested newt, Triturus dobrogicus (Austria) and the Italian crested newt, Triturus carnifex (Austria and Switzerland) as well as the Italian agile frog, Rana latastei (Switzerland) and the tree frog Hyla perrini (Switzerland). Amgonst the subspecies, the moor frog, Rana arvalis wolterstorffi (Austria) and the smooth newt, Lissotriton vulgaris meridionalis (Switzerland) were taken into account.
Summary in German:
Der vorliegende Band ist eine erweiterte Neuauflage der Amphibienlarven Deutschlands (Thiesmeier 2014). Er umfasst die Neubearbeitung und Ergänzung sowie Korrekturen von Text und Fotos der vorherigen Auflage, erweitert um die neu hinzugekommenen Arten und Unterarten aus Österreich und der Schweiz. Dazu gehören der Donau-Kammmolch, Triturus dobrogicus (Österreich) und der Italienische Kammmolch, Triturus carnifex (Österreich und Schweiz) sowie der Italienische Springfrosch, Rana latastei (Schweiz) und der Po-Laubfrosch, Hyla perrini (Schweiz). An Unterarten wurden der Balkan-Moorfrosch, Rana arvalis wolterstorffi (Österreich) und der Südliche Teichmolch, Lissotriton vulgaris meridionalis (Schweiz) berücksichtigt.
"[...] compared to other parts of the world, the German amphibian fauna can be considered well known with plenty of guides available. Even for tadpoles a dedicated guide exists that is currently in its eleventh edition (Berninghausen 2012), which leaves the question whether this new book really offers anything new. The answer to that is simple: it absolutely does! Compared to conventional guidebooks, the pictorial atlas follows a somewhat different concept. It is not so much a standalone guide but is rather meant to supplement other guides to help identify live larvae in the field, although it should be sufficient in most cases. [...] The focus is instead on providing detailed photographs and it is here that the book excels. Altogether, more than 500 photographs of consistently very high quality depict larvae at various stages throughout their development, usually covering about ten to twelve different stages per species from hatching to the end of metamorphosis. [...] Although the book is written in German, there is little text and for these parts it is easy to understand (or to translate), and anyone with a modest command of the language should have no trouble. All covered species are more or less widespread throughout Europe, so this book should be of use not only to herpetologists working in Germany, but well beyond her borders. Furthermore, anyone with an interest in amphibians and their larvae will appreciate this book and enjoy the beautiful photographs."
– Hendrik Müller, Herpetological Review 46(3), September 2015