Pleurodeles nebulosus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Caudata Salamandridae

Scientific Name: Pleurodeles nebulosus (Guichenot, 1850)
Common Name(s):
English Algerian Ribbed Newt
French Triton D'Algerie
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2013. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 5.6 (9 January 2013). Electronic Database. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: Carranza and Wade (2004) showed that most of the animals from North Africa previously referred to as Pleurodeles poireti actually belong to Pleurodeles nebulosus, true P. poireti being restricted to the Edough Peninsula in northern Algeria.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Donaire-Barroso, D., Salvador, A., Slimani, T., El Mouden, E.H., Geniez, P. & Mateo, J.A.
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N., Chanson, J.S. & Cox, N.A.
Listed as Vulnerable because its Area of Occupancy is less than 2,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in northern Algeria and Tunisia.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species ranges from northern Algeria, east to western Tunisia, but is absent from the Edough Peninsula in northern Algeria. The distribution map for this species largely follows the map presented in Veith et al. (2004), but its occurrence within this range is very limited due to fragmented habitat. The altitudinal range of the species is not known.
Countries occurrence:
Algeria; Tunisia
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Population [top]

Population:It is a rare and declining species.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This is presumed to be a largely aquatic species dependent upon cisterns, ponds, swamps, and other wetlands. It is not clear if this salamander uses terrestrial habitats. This species has a similar breeding strategy to Pleurodeles waltl, depositing its eggs and completing larval development within water.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species is threatened by pollution of natural breeding ponds (dayas), through expansion and intensification of agriculture (livestock) in the region (Schleich et al. 1996). There is only limited suitable habitat within its range, suggesting that its populations could be small and severely fragmented.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known whether or not the species occurs in any protected areas.

Errata [top]

Errata reason: Reformatted names of assessor(s), reviewer(s), contributor(s), facilitator(s) and/or compiler(s). Corrected formatting of references in text.

Citation: Donaire-Barroso, D., Salvador, A., Slimani, T., El Mouden, E.H., Geniez, P. & Mateo, J.A. 2006. Pleurodeles nebulosus (errata version published in 2016). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61919A86178127. . Downloaded on 24 April 2018.
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