Lissotriton italicus
Italian newt, Italienischer wassermolch, italiniescher teichmolch, tritone italico, italiensk vandsalamander, itaalia tähnikvesilik, tritón italiano, triton italien, italiaanse watersalamander, italianvesilisko, italiensk vattensalamander
Subgenus: Lissotriton
family: Salamandridae
subfamily: Pleurodelinae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status Listed in appendix II of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats.
National Status None
Regional Status None



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is found through most of central and southern Italy, with higher concentrations at lower altitudes. It has been recorded up to 2,000m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

This species is often associated with woodland and agricultural habitats. It breeds in a variety of temporary ponds, ditches, slow-moving streams and lakes. It is also found in modified habitats such as wells and water tanks.


This species is locally abundant. It is more common in southern areas, and it is somewhat rarer at the northern edge of its range in central Italy, especially around the Italian Apennines. Some local declines have been observed in Calabria, and Abruzzo Mountains.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The main threat to the species is localized drainage of wetlands. Pollution and eutrophication of aquatic habitats (especially breeding ponds), and the introduction of predatory fishes, may also be a problem. However, the species is not considered seriously threatened at present.

Conservation Actions

It is listed on Annex IV of the EU Habitats Directive, and on Appendix II of the Bern Convention. This species is present in several protected areas.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.


Jan Willem Arntzen, Franco Andreone, Claudia Corti, Roberto Sindaco, Antonio Romano 2009. Lissotriton italicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T59476A11948775. .Downloaded on 20 February 2019


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