Pseudepidalea luristanica


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Pseudepidalea luristanica
Species Authority: (Schmidt, 1952)
Bufo luristanicus Schmidt, 1952
Bufo luristanicus Schmidt, 1952
Pseudepidalea luristanicus Schmidt, 1952
Taxonomic Notes: According to Stöck et al. (2001) this is a member of the Pseudepidalea surda subgroup.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2008-12-14
Assessor(s): Matthias Stöck, Theodore Papenfuss, Steven Anderson, Sergius Kuzmin, Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani, Mozafar Sharifi, Göran Nilson
Reviewer(s): Neil Cox and Helen Temple
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category. If climate change is found to be a major threat to this species then the conservation status of this species should be reevaluated.
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the Zagros Mountains of western Iran. It is known from relatively few localities, mostly the western foothills of Kuzestan, Lorestan and Fars Provinces. The distribution map for this species is largely based on Stöck et al. (2001). It has an altitudinal distribution of 750-1,200m asl.
Iran, Islamic Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: This species appears to be quite rare.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: There is little is known about the habitat requirements of this species, though it presumably has similar habitat requirements to Pseudepidalea surdus; like many members of the genus Pseudepidalea it presumably breeds in still or slow moving waters.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threats to this species are prolonged drought and some localized habitat destruction (often through agricultural expansion) in parts of its range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known with certainty if the species is present in any protected areas. The exact distribution and natural history of this species is not well known and needs further research. Further research is needed into the possible impact of climate change on this species, especially concerning the desiccation of breeding habitats.

Citation: Matthias Stöck, Theodore Papenfuss, Steven Anderson, Sergius Kuzmin, Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani, Mozafar Sharifi, Göran Nilson 2009. Pseudepidalea luristanica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 29 March 2015.
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