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Montivipera bulgardaghica

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA REPTILIA SQUAMATA VIPERIDAE

Scientific Name: Montivipera bulgardaghica
Species Authority: (Nilson & Andrén, 1985)
Common Name/s:
English Mount Bulgar Viper
Synonym/s:
Vipera bulgardaghica
Taxonomic Notes: This species was included within Montivipera xanthina by Schatti et al. (1991).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2008-12-14
Assessor/s: Göran Nilson
Reviewer/s: Neil Cox and Helen Temple
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern because, although it is poorly known and currently recorded only from a small area, it occurs in an area of extensive, suitable habitat which appears not to be under threat, has a presumed large overall population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
History:
1996 Critically Endangered
1994 Indeterminate (Groombridge 1994)
1990 Indeterminate (IUCN 1990)
1988 Indeterminate (IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1988)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is restricted to the eastern Bulkar dagari in the eastern part of the Taurus mountains in Turkey. This species is found around 2,000m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Turkey
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Population [top]

Population: This species is uncommon within it restricted range (Nilson, pers. comm. 2008).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found rocky mountain slopes with open coniferous and mixed Mediterranean forests (Nilson, pers. comm. 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats overall to the species in its remote rocky habitat. This species is subject to some collecting for the pet trade, but it is not known if this is a threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is not found in any protected areas in Turkey. Further studies are needed into the natural history, threats and trade in this species.
Citation: Göran Nilson 2009. Montivipera bulgardaghica. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 April 2014.
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