|Scientific Name:||Lyciasalamandra luschani|
|Species Authority:||(Steindachner, 1891)|
|Taxonomic Notes:||Formerly included in the genus Salamandra, this taxon was assigned to the genus Lyciasalamandra by Veith and Steinfartz (2004).|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Petros Lymberakis, Yakup Kaska, Yusuf Kumlutaş, Aziz Avci, Nazan Üzüm, Can Yeniyurt, Ferdi Akarsu, Varol Tok, Ismail H. Ugurtas, Murat Sevinç, Pierre-André Crochet, Theodore Papenfuss, Max Sparreboom, Sergius Kuzmin, Steven Anderson, Mathieu Denoël|
|Reviewer(s):||Cox, N. and Temple, H.J. (Global Amphibian Assessment)|
This species is listed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence is less than 5,000 km², all individuals are in fewer than ten locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
|Range Description:||This species ranges from Fethiye to Finike, in south-western Anatolia, Turkey, where it apparently has a fragmented distribution. An endemic subspecies (Lyciasalamandra luschani basoglui) is found on the nearby Greek island of Kastellorizo (= Megisti). It may have a more continuous range than shown (Avci and Oz, pers. comm. 2008).|
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|Population:||It is common to fairly abundant.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||It is associated with rocky limestone outcrops, and is often found in marquis scrub or pine woodlands (and not in modified habitats). The species is viviparous, producing one or two fully metamorphosed young; the gestation period is about one year.|
|Major Threat(s):||Within its naturally restricted range, the species is potentially threatened by habitat loss caused by forest fires, and overcollection for scientific purposes. Currently, there is only limited habitat loss taking place, since the human population in its range is generally low, and there is little tourism in the area where it is found, but with ongoing development in the region habitat loss could become more severe.|
|Conservation Actions:||This species is present within a protected area in Greece, and is found in three protected areas in Turkey. More research is needed on the distribution of this species.|
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|Citation:||Petros Lymberakis, Yakup Kaska, Yusuf Kumlutaş, Aziz Avci, Nazan Üzüm, Can Yeniyurt, Ferdi Akarsu, Varol Tok, Ismail H. Ugurtas, Murat Sevinç, Pierre-André Crochet, Theodore Papenfuss, Max Sparreboom, Sergius Kuzmin, Steven Anderson, Mathieu Denoël 2009. Lyciasalamandra luschani. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 01 July 2015.|
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