This species is endemic to southern Anatolia, Turkey, where it has been recorded from Serik, Turbelinaz, Fersin, Dikmen, Manavgat, Gayi, Gollepe and Selge. It is present at altitudes of 190-1,500m asl
Habitat and Ecology
This species is found under stones in humid areas of pine forest. Animals are found in areas of limestone and also close to rivers. It has been recorded close to villages, but does not occur in modified habitats (Avci, pers. comm., September 2008). 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 common within its limited range (Ǒz, pers. comm., September 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.
This species is not known from any protected areas. The creation of a protected area for this species could help protect its restricted range from development.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, all individuals are in fewer than five locations, and there is a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
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 atifi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T61914A12571585. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2009.RLTS.T61914A12571585.en