This species is endemic to Turkey where it is restricted to a small area in south-western Anatolia. It has an altitudinal range of 100-650m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is found in rocky areas in pine woodland and maquis scrub habitat. Animals have been found hiding under rock piles on hillsides. It is not present in modified habitats. The species is viviparous, the female giving birth to one or two fully metamorphosed young after a gestation period of around one year.
It is locally abundant. There are a total of six adjacent populations (Veith et al. 2008).
Within its naturally restricted range, the major potential threat to this species is 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. Further development within this species' restricted range would lead to declines because it does not tolerate habitat modification.
This species is found within Termessos National Park.
This taxon was formerly considered to be a subspecies of Salamandra lushchani. It has been elevated to species level, and assigned to the genus Lyciasalamandra, by Veith and Steinfartz (2004).
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 antalyana. In: IUCN 2013