Hydromantes sarrabusensis

Subgenus: Speleomantes
family: Plethodontidae
subfamily: Plethodontinae
Species Description: Carranza S, Romano A, Arnold EN, Sotgiu G. 2007. Biogeography and evolution of European cave salamanders, Hydromantes (Urodela: Plethodontidae), inferred from mtDNA sequences. J. Biogeog. doi10.1111/j.1365-2699.2007.019q7 pp. 1-15

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Vulnerable (VU)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Italy



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species has a tiny range in extreme southeastern Sardinia, Italy. It is only known from the general vicinity of Monte dei Sette Fratelli, between 200 and 850 approximately, in the territory known as Sarrabus, in the province of Cagliari (roughly between 39°15'N and 39°12'N).

Habitat and Ecology

This species is found in a granitic, almost caveless area, in humid rocky outcrops, crevices, and forested areas.
It possibly reproduces through the direct development of a few terrestrial eggs but there is some evidence that it might be a live-bearing species.


It is not rare in some places.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The only known population is in a protected area, so there are not any obvious direct threats to its habitat. However, the species is intrinsically at risk because of its tiny range, and through illegal collection.

Conservation Actions

This species has been recorded from the Parco Naturale Regionale "Sette Fratelli-Monte Genas".

Red List Status

Vulnerable (VU)


Listed as Vulnerable because it is known from only a single location, and it is plausible that any changes in the species' environment could result in a listing at a higher threat category.

Taxonomic Notes

Lanza et al. (2001) described this taxon as a subspecies of Speleomantes imperialis, but it was elevated to species status by Carranza et al. (2007).


Antonio Romano, Roberto Sindaco 2009. Speleomantes sarrabusensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T135825A4206844. .Downloaded on 16 February 2019


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