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Vipera barani

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA REPTILIA SQUAMATA VIPERIDAE

Scientific Name: Vipera barani
Species Authority: Böhme & Joger, 1984

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2008-12-14
Assessor/s: Varol Tok, Ishmail Ugurtas, Murat Sevinç, Wolfgang Böhme, Pierre-André Crochet, Ulrich Joger, Yakup Kaska, Yusuf Kumlutaş, Uğur Kaya, Aziz Avci, Nazan Üzüm, Can Yeniyurt, Ferdi Akarsu
Reviewer/s: Neil Cox and Helen Temple
Justification:
Listed as Near Threatened because this species is in significant decline (but at a rate of less than 30% over ten years) because it is being over-harvested for the international pet trade, making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable. Development of its habitat and persecution are also major threats. Monitoring and protection efforts are necessary to prevent this species from becoming threatened.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from northeastern coastal areas of Turkey, and has also been recorded from two localities in northwestern coastal Turkey. It is found from sea level up to around 2,000m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Turkey
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Population [top]

Population: It is a very rare species (Avci, pers. comm. 2008).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in rocky areas, in hills, with bush, scrubland and oak forest. It is a ovoviviparous species.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is collected by specimen hunters as well as for the international pet trade, and the level of harvest is probably unsustainable. It is persecuted by the local people as it is seen as potentially dangerous. There is also significant development for tourism along the coast where this species is found.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is listed on Appendix II of the Bern Convention. It is found in a few protected areas in the north east Black Sea region.
Citation: Varol Tok, Ishmail Ugurtas, Murat Sevinç, Wolfgang Böhme, Pierre-André Crochet, Ulrich Joger, Yakup Kaska, Yusuf Kumlutaş, Uğur Kaya, Aziz Avci, Nazan Üzüm, Can Yeniyurt, Ferdi Akarsu 2009. Vipera barani. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 April 2014.
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