This species is endemic to Greece, where it occurs only on the islands of Karpathos, Kasos and Saria in the south-east Aegean Sea.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in Mediterranean rocky shrubby vegetation. It is viviparous, giving birth to fully developed young on land, and it is not associated with water.
It is a fairly common species within its restricted range.
No major threats are known, though local populations might be impacted by loss of habitat. Harvesting for the international pet trade takes place, but not at a level sufficient to threaten the species.
It occurs in some protected areas, but currently there is no management or monitoring of these protected areas. There is a need for close monitoring of the population status of this species.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because it is known from fewer than five locations.
This species was separated from Lyciasalamandra luschani by Veith and Steinfartz (2004).
Petros Lymberakis, Ismail H. Ugurtas, Theodore Papenfuss, Max Sparreboom, Sergius Kuzmin, Steven Anderson, Mathieu Denoël 2009. Lyciasalamandra helverseni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T61918A12572637. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2009.RLTS.T61918A12572637.en