Pleurodeles nebulosus
Algerian Ribbed Newt
family: Salamandridae
subfamily: Pleurodelinae
Species Description: Carranza S, Wade E 2004 Taxonomic revision of Algero-Tunisian Pleurodeles (Caudata: Salamandridae) using molecular and morphological data. Revalidation of the taxon Pleurodeles nebulosus (Guichenot, 1950). Zootaxa 488:1-24

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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: Algeria, Tunisia



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species ranges from northern Algeria, east to western Tunisia, but is absent from the Edough Peninsula in northern Algeria. The distribution map for this species largely follows the map presented in Veith et al. (2004), but its occurrence within this range is very limited due to fragmented habitat. The altitudinal range of the species is not known.

Habitat and Ecology

This is presumed to be a largely aquatic species dependent upon cisterns, ponds, swamps, and other wetlands. It is not clear if this salamander uses terrestrial habitats. This species has a similar breeding strategy to Pleurodeles waltl, depositing its eggs and completing larval development within water.


It is a rare and declining species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The species is threatened by pollution of natural breeding ponds (dayas), through expansion and intensification of agriculture (livestock) in the region (Schleich et al. 1996). There is only limited suitable habitat within its range, suggesting that its populations could be small and severely fragmented.

Conservation Actions

It is not known whether or not the species occurs in any protected areas.

Red List Status

Vulnerable (VU)


Listed as Vulnerable because its Area of Occupancy is less than 2,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in northern Algeria and Tunisia.

Taxonomic Notes

Carranza and Wade (2004) showed that most of the animals from North Africa previously referred to as Pleurodeles poireti actually belong to Pleurodeles nebulosus, true P. poireti being restricted to the Edough Peninsula in northern Algeria.


Donaire-Barroso, D., Salvador, A., Slimani, T., El Mouden, E.H., Geniez, P. & Mateo, J.A. 2006. Pleurodeles nebulosus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61919A86178127. .Downloaded on 19 February 2019


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