This species ranges between Marmaris and Ula along the south-west Anatolian coast, Turkey, from sea level up to 600m asl.
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.
It appears to be a rare species (Avci, 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.
It is present in Gokova Special Protected Area.
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 continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat. The low population density of this species also makes it more vulnerable to declines from habitat conversion.
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 flavimembris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T61917A12572380. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2009.RLTS.T61917A12572380.en