Rana tavasensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Rana tavasensis
Species Authority: Baran and Atatür, 1986
Taxonomic Notes: We follow Veith et al. (2003), in considering this species to be distinct from Rana macrocnemis at the species level.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2008-12-14
Assessor(s): Yakup Kaska, Aziz Avci
Reviewer(s): Neil Cox and Helen Temple
This species is listed as Endangered because the Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2 and Area of Occupancy is less than 500 km2 with all individuals occurring in two locations, with ongoing habitat loss and fragmentation within the species range. In addition it has an estimated population of less than 2,500 mature individuals.
2006 Data Deficient (IUCN 2006)
2006 Data Deficient

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This Turkish endemic species is known only from the area of Akdağ (near Tavas in Vilayet Denizli) and Giredev Gölü and its close vicinity west of Elmali (Max Kasparek pers. comm. November 2008; Franzen et al. 2008). At the Akdağ location, it has been found in streams near the town of Kizilcabölük (Kaska, pers. comm.).
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Population [top]

Population: This species is rare (Kaska, pers. comm.). The population is estimated to have a maximum of 500 mature individuals (Kaska and Avci, pers. comm.)
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs close to streams in wooded areas of cedar and pine trees (Kaska, pers. comm.).
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by the destruction of its forest habitat for small scale commercial harvest within its restricted range. It is also threatened by the general pollution and drainage of breeding sites and wetlands.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is not found in any protected areas, and there is a need to conserve areas of suitable habitat. Further studies are needed into the distribution and natural history of this species.

Citation: Yakup Kaska, Aziz Avci 2009. Rana tavasensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 02 March 2015.
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