Atylodes genei


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Atylodes genei
Species Authority: (Temminck and Schlegel, 1838)
Common Name(s):
English Gene's Cave Salamander, Sardinian Cave Salamander
Speleomantes genei Temminck and Schlegel, 1838
Speleomantes genei Temminck and Schlegel, 1838
Taxonomic Notes: There are two well-differentiated clades (a northern one and a southern); their genetic difference is similar to that separating the other species of European cave salamanders (Carranza et al. 2007).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2008-12-14
Assessor(s): Franco Andreone, Roberta Lecis, Paul Edgar, Claudia Corti, Roberto Sindaco, Antonio Romano
Reviewer(s): Cox, N. and Temple, H.J. (Global Amphibian Assessment)
Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, it is known from fewer than ten locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in Sardinia.
2004 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the region of Sulcis-Iglesiente in south-western Sardinia (Italy). It has been collected between altitudes of 8 and 650m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: The species is generally common within its limited range, being only relatively uncommon within the Carbonia-Barbusi-Monte Tasua area (Gasc et al. 1997).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is found in humid rocky outcrops, caves, crevices, and forested areas in the vicinity of streams. The species reproduces through the direct development of a few terrestrial eggs.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threat is general deforestation of suitable habitat, mineral extraction, urbanization, and over-collection of specimens, presumably for scientific purposes.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species is listed on Appendix II of the Bern Convention and is listed on Annex IV of the EU Habitats Directive. It is present in at least four protected areas. There is a need for close monitoring of the population status of this species given its very limited range.

Citation: Franco Andreone, Roberta Lecis, Paul Edgar, Claudia Corti, Roberto Sindaco, Antonio Romano 2009. Atylodes genei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 04 September 2015.
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