Lyciasalamandra helverseni
family: Salamandridae
subfamily: Salamandrinae
Species Description: Veith M, Steinfartz S 2004 When non-monopyly results in taxonomic consequences - the case of Mertensiella within the Salamandridae (Amphibia:Urodela). Salamandra 40:67-80.
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: Greece


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

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.

Population Trend


Major Threats

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.

Conservation Actions

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

Vulnerable (VU)


Listed as Vulnerable because it is known from fewer than five locations.

Taxonomic Notes

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 Denoƫl 2009. Lyciasalamandra helverseni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T61918A12572637. .Downloaded on 20 January 2019


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